LIVE ELECTION RESULTS & CHAT: Scott Brown vs Martha Coakley

UPDATE: AP and FOX call it for Brown, Coakley concedes, and the Massachusetts Miracle is complete!


Chat with Scott Brown fans right here all day while we share the live news, updates, exit poll returns and results! We will also post updates of the big news items. Check back with us throughout the day!

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Update 14 (11:00PM by Ross): Mitt introduces Brown for his victory speech and receives a curtain call to chants of “Mitt Mitt Mitt”. The Massachusetts Miracle is complete and now we just need to put the pressure on to get him seated.


Update 13 (9:32PM by Nate): COAKLEY CONCEDES, THIS RACE IS OVER!!
Fox and AP call it for Brown. Current tally: 52-47 for Brown. 87% of precincts reporting.


Update 12 (9:12PM by Ross): Mitt on Hannity embodies the feeling of all of us by saying “This is monumental. This is epic!”


Update 11 (8:55PM by Nate): 53% for Brown, 46 for Coakley - 40% of precincts reporting


Update 10 (8:25PM by Nate): POLLS CLOSED 20 MINUTES AGO. First results: 52% for Brown, 47 for Coakley - 4% of precincts reporting


Update 9 (8:15PM by Ross): From rasmussenreports: Among those who decided how they would vote in the past few days, Coakley has a slight edge, 47% to 41%. 22% of Democrats voted for Brown. That is generally consistent with pre-election polling.

Update 8 (6:10PM by Nate): From HotAir: Coakley press release complains of voter fraud. The problem is the release is dated ….. YESTERDAY?
ALSO:

  • High School conducts exit polls. Results: Brown 57% Boakley 42%
  • The Hill: Gibbs: Obama ‘not pleased’ by closeness of Mass. election
  • U.S. News: Scott Brown Fueled by Independents’ Anger at Liberal Arrogance
  • CBS News: Scott Brown Win a Health Care “Stop Sign?”


Update 7 (4:31PM by Nate): HOW DID WE FORGET THE SCOTT BROWN VOTER BOMB?


Update 6 (4:30PM by Nate): More Brown/Coakley headlines:


Update 5 (3:55PM by Nate): Good Scott Brown election reads:


Update 4 (3:25PM by Aaronius): Mitt Romney to provide Massachusetts special election coverage on Sean Hannity tonight at 9PM EST - Tune in!
Also, Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior advisor to both Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, gives us some juicy insight regarding the dynamics of this special race over at National Review Online.


Update 3 (2:15PM by Nate): Scott Brown vs Martha Coakley Exit Polls Intrade update: Brown 83.5; Coakley 20.0 (Intrade is an online prediction “stock” market. Tends to be very accurate since people are actually betting real money.)

Also, “Why is this woman handing out absentee ballots?”


Update 2 (2:00PM by Nate): Exit Polls

  • Boston Globe mistakenly calls the elections for Coakley.
  • Politico reports that there may not be many exit polls because this basically wasn’t race until 2 weeks ago. It did not give polling organizations enough time to prepare.
  • #MASEN, Scott Brown, Martha Coakley, Massachusetts, are all in the top ten trending topics on twitter, in that order. #MASEN stands for MA Senate.


  • Update 1 (11:30 AM by Aaronius): Morning Joe Video: Romney (this morning) on Massachusetts Race

Analysis on Election Morning
MITT ROMNEY

Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007; candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008

Scott Brown is a strong candidate who ran a good campaign. As recently proved in New Jersey and Virginia, good candidates win. But Brown’s victory was more than a rejection of the liberal Obama agenda.

Brown won in Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, an accomplishment that could not have been possible absent extraordinary voter passion about the issues, in particular Obamacare, the economy, terrorism and federal spending.

Massachusetts health care is not perfect, but 98 percent of our residents are insured — a feat that, unlike Obamacare, came with no new taxes, no Medicare cuts, no “public option” and no trillion-dollar price tag. It’s little wonder that Massachusetts voters gave a thumbs-down to a federal health-care takeover. In electing Brown, they also repudiated the president’s policies of ineffective stimulus borrowing and treating an enemy combatant to the legal defense rights normally reserved for citizens.

This victory was a repudiation of the arrogance of Washington’s aspiring neo-monarchists who believe that government is wiser than the people of America.

Update: The Brewing Cauldron in Massachusetts

 

Something is brewing in Massachusetts alright and tomorrow it’s coming to a boil!

From CNN.com today:

A couple of weeks ago, President Obama appeared to be on the brink of achieving the Democratic dream of comprehensive health care reform.

Today that dream is at risk of being derailed in the most Democratic of states: Massachusetts.

Democrats are increasingly nervous over the once inconceivable prospect that they will lose Tuesday’s special election to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last August. Losing the seat would strip Democrats of their 60-seat Senate majority and give Republicans enough votes to block the reform bill — along with other key parts of the president’s agenda.
Kennedy — an advocate for health care reform throughout his career — held his seat for more than 46 years.

No poll released in the past few days has shown Coakley ahead.

Brown’s campaign, by most accounts, has seized the momentum in a race that until recently attracted little national attention.

Obama and former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail over the past three days in an attempt to save a Coakley candidacy often hampered by complacency and missteps.

Even diehard Democrats accuse Coakley, who once had a double-digit lead, of running a lackluster campaign.

“I wish she was more likable as a candidate. There are some things that are turning me off about her as a candidate,” said Scott Olson, an undecided Democrat.

Stumping at Northeastern University in Boston yesterday (1/17/10) on behalf of Martha Coakley, Obama repeatedly disparaged Scott Brown and his truck. Here is one example:

Later, Brown took the opportunity to slam the president on government spending. “Mr. President, unfortunately in this economy, not everybody can buy a truck,” Brown said in a statement. “My goal is to change that by cutting spending, lowering taxes and letting people keep more of their own money.”

In spite of all that is being done to save Martha, the White House predicts that Coakley will lose.  Polls are showing Brown in the lead, but the figures vary. Go here for the latest polling.

Brown’s statewide tour that began on Jan 16, 2010:

Take a look at the crowd at Brown’s The People’s Rally held in historic Mechanics Hall
in Worcester, MA yesterday, January 17, 2022

Veteran Randy May drove 1,600 miles to volunteer for the Scott Brown for Senate campaign in Massachusetts January 17, 2010:

From Mitt Romney Central commenter David L. Dodge, Chairman, Bradford County, Florida Republican Executive Committee:

I am a former Massachusetts resident who now lives in Florida and am very active in the Republican Party as a county Chairman. I still care what happens in Massachusetts because I have many friends and family there. The people of Massachusetts have been under the thumb of Democrat machine politics since I was a boy. Thousands of MA citizens have tried to turn the tide, but have not been able to gain enough strength to do so. The time has come. The Kennedy Dynasty is finally yesterday’s news. The Democrat machine politicos will stoop as low as necessary to stop Massachusetts from becoming an actual two party state that represents all of the people. Good people of Massachusetts, I beg you not to let them do it. Your vote for Scott Brown can change the face of politics in your state and even in the nation. You at least should have a balanced representation in the U.S. Senate. The first American Revolution began at Concord and Lexington. Let the second one begin in the United States Senate.

Hear! Hear! Tomorrow can’t come soon enough. MA voters, we’re counting on you!

Finally, if you live in Massachusetts, please pledge to guarantee your friends will go to the polls at Scott Brown’s Voter-Bomb.

Cambridge MA Police Patrol Officers Endorse Brown, A Poke in the Eye for Coakley

Cambridge Police Patrol Officers endorsed Scott Brown yesterday. Another impressive endorsement for Brown and a poke in the eye for Martha Coakley. Why? She and her campaign staff have spoken publicly throughout the MA senatorial campaign about the fact that Martha’s husband is a retired CAMBRIDGE police officer. It doesn’t help Coakley that her Obama-boss’s comments last July that ‘Cambridge police officers acted stupidly’ went over like a ton of red Boston bricks.

Cambridge Police Patrol Officers endorse State Senator Scott Brown for United States Senator

Updated On: Jan 15, 2022 (14:04:00)

The 212 member Cambridge Police Patrol Officers Association voted to endorse State Senator Scott Brown for United States Senator in next Tuesday’s election against Attorney General Martha Coakley. CPSOA’s President released the following letter today:

All Members,

Members of our Association have inquired and requested that we endorse Scott Brown in the upcoming election against Martha Coakley. Ms. Coakley along with some of her campaign workers have talked publicly about how her husband is a retired Cambridge Police Officer, giving appearances that she is being endorsed by the Cambridge Police. This may be an innocent insinuation but most do take this as our giving her our support and endorsement. Yesterday, the CPPOA Executive Board voted to endorse State Senator Scott Brown in the upcoming election for US Senate. In an 11 to 2 vote, the Executive Board voted overwhelmingly in favor of the endorsement. We do not endorse anyone who advocates changes in the health care that take away any bargaining rights or increases our cost along with our contributions. Senator Brown does not support the Comprehensive Healthcare Reform Bill and promises to be the 41st vote to ensure its defeat. The current leadership at the state house, as we all know and have seen over the past two years, have an agenda to dismantle all of our hard earned bargained benefits and they will continue to dismantle these until there is a complete change from the top down. Martha Coakley is part of this Massachusetts leadership and she will continue with this agenda, only now it will be at the capital level and we need to stop it. So today, we the members of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officers Association endorse Scott Brown for the senate seat vacated by Senator Kennedy.

Fraternally,

Stephen Killion
President Cambridge Police
Patrol Officers Association.

Brown responds to Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) fundraising email “tea bagger’ dig: “Shame on Chuck”

                        

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Massachusetts Special Election: The ‘Scott’ Heard Around the World

It’s a race against time as Democrats make a frantic, final run at passing the mega-monster Health Care bill. Meanwhile, the eyes of America are glued on Massachusetts and the last-minute politics of Martha Coakley and the Scott Brown crescendo.

WASHINGTON - Like a roller-coaster ride on its last twisting turns, President Barack Obama’s campaign to remake health care is barreling into final days of breathless suspense and headlong momentum.

Democrats — led by Obama himself — are deploying this weekend to salvage an unpredictable Senate race in Massachusetts, while senior White House and congressional staffers in Washington hurry to finish work on cost and coverage options at the heart of the sweeping legislation.

At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs was unequivocal that Obama’s effort would prove successful. “As you heard the president say yesterday, we’re going to get health care done,” he said.

Not everyone was quite so certain, particularly given poll results from Massachusetts that showed Republican Scott Brown within reach of an upset over Democrat Martha Coakley in a three-way race.

“If Scott Brown wins, it’ll kill the health bill,” said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, reflecting that the Republican would provide opponents of the health care bill a decisive 41st vote to uphold a filibuster and block passage in the Senate. Frank predicted Coakley would ultimately prevail and thus preserve the essential 60-vote Senate majority. Obama hurriedly scheduled a weekend campaign trip to the state.

Even so, Frank’s remark sent shudders through the ranks of Democrats.

Obama will blow into Boston tomorrow to pontificate for Coakley. Meanwhile, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senate Candidate Scott Brown campaigned in Boston’s North End yesterday, Jan 15th. Speaking at Paul Revere Park, Brown and Giuliani drew a large, earnest, enthusiastic crowd. Here are three videos taken yesterday at that venue. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the ‘Scott’ heard around the world:

(Giuliani mentions Governor Romney’s name at 4:07.)

Rally participant: Get out and vote on Tuesday (1/19/10)! Don’t take it for granted.

A U.S. Marine – Iraqi war veteran – tells why he supports Scott Brown:

The election momentum is clearly for Brown, but the situation is very fluid in MA. Anything can happen in the next three days. We stand with Scott Brown and all who support him. To MA residents, stay sharp and keep up the great work. We’re counting on you to flood the polls next Tuesday!

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Donate at: http://redinvadesblue.com/
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UPDATE today from the Boston Globe:

Coakley’s campaign also announced today that Obama had chosen Northeastern University as the venue for his visit to Massachusetts on Sunday to boost her campaign. The 3 p.m. event (doors open at 1 p.m.) at the Cabot Center is free and open to the public.

Coakley was joined at a morning rally at the IBEW hall in Boston’s Dorchester section by Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal legend who held the seat for 47 years. The cheering crowd of 200 included union members in workboots, sweatshirts, and Carhart jackets.

Robert Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO delivered a stemwinder, telling the union members, “We have a fight on our hands. There’s nothing less than the future of the labor movement at stake in this election.”

At a later event in downtown Boston, she was greeted enthusiastically by Service Employees International Union members at their headquarters, who stood and applauded, chanting in Spanish, “Si Se Puede,” (“Yes, we can”). Some listened to her remarks through translation devices.

At his first campaign event today, in Quincy, Brown was greeted by an excited crowd of about 500 people. Detail police officers clapped him on his back, and the crowd included elderly women and people who described themselves as Democrats.

Before he spoke, on a stage in front of the public library decorated with a giant American flag and bunting, he was greeted by seven seconds of applause, cheers, and chants of “Go, Scott, go!”

He was joined by former Republican governor William F. Weld and a former Quincy mayor, Frank McCauley, who said, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Brown told the crowd, “This race is about differences. It’s always been about differences, and it’s not about personalities,” citing the two candidates’ positions on taxes, spending, and terrorism.

He also criticized Coakley for running negative ads, saying, “It’s funny how quickly the politics of hope, the politics of hope, have turned into the politics of destruction.”

Will Mitt Romney Stump for Scott Brown in Last Days of Senate Race?

Will Romney Stump for Brown in Last Days of Senate Race?

Will Mitt Romney head to the Bay State to duke it out with Scott Brown just before election day on January 19th? One source says he plans on it.

This un-confirmed news breaks just after the White House announced that Obama will fly out to Massachusetts on Sunday to stump for Martha Coakley (after repeatedly denying that he would do such a thing).

Boston, MA- Former Govenor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is believed to be planning a number of campaign appearances in support of fellow Republican Scott Brown. The former Presidential Candidate may make a number of campaign stops within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over the weekend.

Speculation is that there will be a number appearances on Sunday and Monday for Scott Brown throughout the State. Mitt Romney is strongly believed to be the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination.

The heated campaign has resulted in a number of prominent national Political figures throwing their respective support behind both Candidates.

Martha Coakley has had backing from President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton while Rudy Giuliani made a campaign visit in Boston on Friday for Scott Brown.

Does this seem familiar to anyone? …A few months back, Romney added the final muscle to both campaigns of Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie - both currently the Governors’ Elect of their respective terrains, Virginia and New Jersey. As you can imagine, the double GOP victories in those states were crushing to the Democrats because they had sent their fearless leader, President Obama, to represent their liberal agenda at least a half a dozen times… and failed. History tends to repeat itself; let’s hope it does in Massachusetts this month.

*As we hear more details or confirmation regarding Romney’s future role in the Brown/Coakley race, we will report it here at Mitt Romney Central.

Just in case anyone wonders what Mitt’s been doing already, read Romney Headlines GOP Fundraiser in Massachussetts and Scott Brown Could be our 41st Vote in the Senate! In addition to that, Mitt has lent many of his top staffers and volunteers to the Brown campaign and sent many messages to his facebook followers redirecting them to Scott Brown’s Facebook page and campaign website. All of this is just direct involvement that we know about. Much like Virginia and New Jersey, there is probably even more going on behind the scenes than we know about. Some have speculated that the Massachusetts special election is a proxy war between Obama and Mitt so it is interesting that they both may be headed to the front lines in person.

UPDATE: Several Tweets have been posted late Saturday indicating that Mitt will join Scott Brown on his Sunday Bus Tour, but no links have been provided yet. Stay Tuned!

Million A Day For Brown, Video: ‘Cool Cat’ Obama Showing Claws

Avalanche support for Scott Brown is said to be garnering a million a day for his campaign. Let’s not kid ourselves - he’ll need every penny. The opposition has awakened and is scrambling to alert the Ted Kennedy crowd about the growing momentum for Brown. Martha Coakley is running negative ads round the clock. Bill Clinton and John Kerry are coming to town. Vickie Kennedy (widow of Ted Kennedy) is speaking against Brown and flooding Massachusetts with letters pleading for Martha money. Newt Gingrich remarked to Sean Hannity (FOX News) on his program last night that unions are reportedly bussing in bodies from Baltimore and Philadelphia to add muscle to Coakley’s campaign.

By Alex Pappas — The Daily Caller 01/14/10

While poll numbers show a Republican win is plausible in the state where Sen. Ted Kennedy long served, neither the RNC nor NRSC has sent much money north. (AP)

Knowledgeable sources in Massachusetts tell The Daily Caller that Republican candidate for Senate, Scott Brown, has raised at least $1 million dollars every day this week, most of it online.

Although Brown’s campaign touted Monday’s money-bomb fundraiser that brought in $1.3 million dollars, the campaign declined to confirm totals for other days this week.

“I can’t comment on figures,” said spokesman Felix Browne.

While poll numbers show a Republican win is plausible in the state where Sen. Ted Kennedy long served, neither the RNC nor NRSC has sent much money north.

Brown will face Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election for the Massachusetts Senate seat on Tuesday.

If there is anyone in America who doesn’t think Barack Obama is twitching his whiskers over the MA special election, the cat is out of the bag. The ‘cool cat’ isn’t so confident in Coakley’s abilities to carry his agenda to victory. Here’s Obama’s hastily crafted video (made 1/14/10):

Obama’s ‘rally the alley cats’ message to pounce on the potential vote which would bring a halt to his confiscation of the health care industry coincides with the secret deals made in the last two days:

President Obama summoned House and Senate Democratic leaders to the White House late Thursday to discuss an apparent breakthrough in health care reform negotiations — on the make-or-break issue of taxing high-value health plans and other issues.

After enduring months of criticism that he was too detached from negotiations — criticism mostly expressed in Democratic cloakrooms on Capitol Hill — Obama has jumped in with both feet. He has personalized a marathon push to land a health care deal this week or early next week, telling lawmakers and key stakeholders that he will not tolerate failure and that compromises, even hard ones, must be achieved on a tight schedule.

House and Senate negotiators resumed marathon talks with Obama at the White House around 9 p.m. Thursday. The president left the Cabinet Room meeting shortly after 1 a.m. Friday and the session ended about 25 minutes later.

In a statement, the White House said “solid progress” was made toward a final package. The meeting came after most of the same lawmakers spent more than eight hours at the White House on Wednesday trying to hammer out a deal.

The breakthrough announced Thursday was a byproduct of the previous days talks: a deal on so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans. The White House and top union leaders heralded the agreement, which shields all union workers for five years from significant taxes on health benefit packages that non-union workers will face starting in 2013.

In summary, Obama has crafted a sneaky overnight deal that gives unions and government employees a FIVE year exemption from the health care tax. This translates to a $60 BILLION gift which WE will have to pay.

If Obamacare is so good, why do so many need exemptions to get it passed? I guess the bill is only good if  paying for it doesn’t apply to you. Is this what our Founding Fathers had in mind?

Obama’s hissing cats on Capitol Hill and in Massachusetts need to be run up a tree.

ELECT SCOTT BROWN! End the health care reform farce!

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UPDATE: Obama WILL campaign personally for Coakley as Massachusetts Senate race tightens.

Republican state Sen. Scott Brown is running neck-and-neck with Coakley in recent polls of the Bay State as both vie for the Senate seat long held by Edward M. Kennedy  The winner of Tuesday’s special election will become the first person not closely affiliated with the Kennedy family to hold the seat since 1952.

The White House had been saying for days that the president had “no plans” to go to Massachusetts, but the loss of the Senate seat would greatly complicate, if not doom, the fate of health-care reform legislation moving through Congress.

White House officials played down the significance of the president’s trip, saying only that Obama is happy to be able to accept the campaign’s invitation.

Read more here (and it’s worth reading!).

Scott Brown to Obama: “Stay Away” from Massachusetts.

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown issued a stern warning to President Obama, cautioning him to “stay away” from Massachusetts as he battles Democratic rival Martha Coakley in a heated race, the Boston Herald reported:

Surging GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown yesterday warned President Obama to “stay away” from the Bay State during his roiling race against Democratic rival Martha Coakley and not to interfere with their intensifying battle in the campaign’s final days.

“He should stay away and let Martha and I discuss the issues one on one,” Brown said. “The machine is coming out of the woodwork to get her elected. They’re bringing in outsiders, and we don’t need them.”

Scott Brown to Obama: "Stay Away"

Coakley’s campaign showed signs of panic as they scrambled to get a last-minute appearance by Obama to bolster their effort before Tuesday’s election.

Some polls are showing the Senate contest far closer than any pundits expected, and Coakley in danger of losing her clear shot at the historic seat.

Coakley said yesterday she hasn’t heard from the White House. “I welcome his support, but we’ve got a lot of support here in Massachusetts (and) I think he’s got a lot on his plate in Washington,” she said.

Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday that the president had no plans to visit Massachusetts, even though he realizes “there’s a lot at stake in the election.”

But sources said Coakley is pushing for a Sunday event with Obama as the race remains glued to the national spotlight.

“We would love to see Obama any time,” said Boston City Council President Michael Ross, a Coakley supporter who attended her event at Dorchester’s Kit Clark Senior Center yesterday. “Any time the president of the United States comes it will remind Democrats to get involved.”

But Republican consultant Charlie Manning said a visit from a president with tanking ratings would make Coakley look desperate as upstart Brown enjoys a last-minute boost from climbing poll numbers and media momentum.

“It’s sort of like trying to bail out a boat that’s already sinking. I don’t think they can fool the voters of Massachusetts this time,” Manning said.

National interest in the race centers on an impending vote on health-care reform - championed by the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

A Brown win would be crushing for Obama, who would lose a 60-seat Democratic majority in the Senate, said Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

In addition to a rally headed by former President Bill Clinton planned for tomorrow, Coakley’s team circulated a heartfelt plea from Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, last night asking supporters for help. They’re also rumored to be pushing for a potential event with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy.

“It’s a real fight at this point in time,” said U.S. Rep. William Delahunt (D-Quincy). “We’re doing everything we can to help.”

Brown urged Coakley’s campaign to keep the race about local issues instead of national figures.

“It’s me against the machine,” he said. “And it always has been.”

Brown/Coakley Race Heats Up

Get your fans out! With Rasmussen showing a dead-heat between Scott Brown and Martha Coakley, things are heating up. Today’s update is a big one because this has become a very BIG topic.

Immediately following Brown’s successful $1.3 million Moneybomb campaign on Monday, Jan 11, Martha Coakley was rattled. So, what did she do? She pow-wowed with her corrupt cronies and pulled out the negative ads.

In response, Brown’s accomplished 21 year-old daughter, American-Idol-contestant-basketball-player, *Ayla Brown spoke out yesterday. (The Boston Herald’s front-page treatment of Ayla described her as ‘morphing into campaign pit bull’.)

Ayla Brown:

“Her attack [Martha Coakley] on my dad is completely inaccurate and misleading. I’m here today to say that Martha Coakley should take down her negative ad. Martha Coakley’s new negative ad represents everything that discourages young women from getting involved in politics, and as a young woman, I’m completely offended by that. She even spelled Massachusetts wrong in her original ad which is very embarrassing, I must say as a young woman.”

A quick-time response released today from the MA Republican Party:

Seeing highly prized senate VOTE # 60 wobbling, the Obama health care machine has sprung into action. A fundraiser **’Unity Event’ (as Martha characterized it) was held in Washington D.C. (Sonoma) at the Capitol Hill restaurant last night for Coakley.  A legion of lobbyists for health insurance companies, hospitals, and drug companies sponsored the leftist rendesvouz:

Washington Examiner:

Of the 22 names on the host committee-meaning they raised $10,000 or more for Coakley-17 are federally registered lobbyists, 15 of whom have health-care clients. Of the other five hosts, one is married to a lobbyist, one was a lobbyist in Pennsylvania, another is a lawyer at a lobbying firm, and another is a corporate CEO. Oh, and of course, there’s also the political action commitee for Boston Scientific Corporation.

All the leading drug companies have lobbyists on Coakley’s host committee: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, and more. On the insurance side of things, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health all are represented on the host committee.

Following Coakley’s ‘Unity Event’ Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack was roughed up by a Coakley aide:

After the event concluded, Coakley took two questions from the media but declined to say whether or not she stands by her statement at last night’s debate that there aren’t any terrorists in Afghanistan (and that they’ve all gone to Pakistan or Yemen).

After taking a question from a CNN reporter on the street outside the restaurant, I asked her:

TWS: Attorney General Coakley, you said last night that there are no terrorists in Afghanistan-that they’re all in Yemen and Pakistan. Do you stand by that remark?

COAKLEY: I’m sorry, did someone else have a question?

GRIFF JENKINS, Fox News: I did. Why are you in Washington tonight?

COAKLEY: We planned an event after the primary that would be a unity event in Washington. We’re also in the middle of a very intense campaign [...]

After Coakley finished her answer, she began walking away from the restaurant, and I walked behind her asking why health care industry lobbyists were supporting her at the fundraiser. She didn’t reply.

As I walked down the street, a man who appeared to be associated with the Coakley campaign pushed me into a freestanding metal railing. I ended up on the sidewalk. I was fine. He helped me up from the ground, but kept pushing up against me, blocking my path toward Coakley down the street.

He asked if I was with the media, and I told him I work for THE WEEKLY STANDARD. When I asked him who he worked for he replied, “I work for me.” He demanded to see my credentials, and even though it was a public street, I showed them to him.

I eventually got around him and met up with the attorney general halfway down the block.

“Attorney General, could I ask you a question please?” I said. “We’re done, thanks,” Coakley replied. She walked back toward the restaurant, apparently searching for her car. She remained silent as I (politely) repeated my question.

Coakley staffers told me they didn’t know who the man was who pushed me, though by every indication he was somehow connected to the campaign.

Coakley thug roughs up Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack:

After the pharmaceutical fundraiser and before the reporter dust-up, Coakley took time to smear Scott Brown:

Coakley: “If I don’t win, 2010 is going to be hell for Democrats.”

The plot thickens… As former president Bill Clinton and Senator John Kerry rush to Coakley’s side, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has shelled out $567,000 to run ads in the Springfield and Bostons markets. And, SURPRISE! SEIU has purchased $685,000 in advertising against Brown:

“Before you vote for Senate, here’s a few things you should know about Scott Brown,” a narrator pontificates in the 30-second spot. “He has repeatedly opposed a woman’s right to choose” and he “expresses skepticism that climate change is being caused by humans.”
“No wonder Brown’s campaign is being supported by the same extremist group that backs Sarah Palin,” the narrator explains. “Martha Coakley for Senate. Massachusetts values.”
Brown is depicted in black and white and speaking slow-motion. The ad ends with a quicker pace and a color photo of Coakley.

**Coakley’s pharma-fundraiser invitation, January 12, 2010:

With so much at stake, the next six days are going to be toad’s wild ride. Thank goodness Scott Brown is staying above the fray, blocking the punches, and continuing to inspire all of us.

Stay tuned…

For additional info and ways to help Brown go here (scroll to bottom of article).

* Then 17-year old Ayla Brown sang our national anthem at Boston’s July 4, 2022 celebration accompanied by the Boston Pops Symphony:

UPDATE: The name of the Coaklely associate who harrased/shoved Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack is Democrat Michael Meehan.

New Poll On Massachusetts Senate Race: Coakley (D) 49%, Brown (R) 47%

Rasmussen just released new polling results for the Brown vs Coakley Senate Race in Massachusetts. Without further delay, copied directly from RasmussenReports.com, here are the results:

Tuesday, January 12, 2022

The Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election has gotten tighter, but the general dynamics remain the same. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley attracting 49% of the vote while her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, picks up 47%. Three percent (3%) say they’ll vote for independent candidate Joe Kennedy, and two percent (2%) are undecided. The independent is no relation to the late Edward M. Kennedy, whose Senate seat the candidates are battling to fill in next Tuesday’s election. Coakley is supported by 77% of Democrats while Brown picks up the vote from 88% of Republicans. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Brown leads 71% to 23%. To be clear, this lead is among unaffiliated voters who are likely to participate in the special election.

A week ago, the overall results showed Coakley leading by a 50% to 41% margin. The closeness of the race in heavily Democratic Massachusetts has drawn increasing national interest, and Brown made it clear in the final candidate debate last night that a vote for him is a vote to stop the national health care plan Democrats are pushing in Congress.

The results of this poll are not precisely comparable with last week’s results because this poll includes the independent candidate by name while the previous poll simply offered the choice of “some other candidate.” Additionally, the latest poll results include “leaners.” Leaners are those who don’t initially have a preference for one of the major candidates but indicate that they are leaning in that direction. Without “leaners,” Brown was actually ahead by a single percentage point.

Although the top line results are now a bit tighter, the new polling is consistent with the analysis provided yesterday by Scott Rasmussen. All recent polls place Coakley right around the 50% mark and support for opposition candidates above 40%. Turnout will be the key, and Brown’s voters appear to be more energized.
All polling indicates that a lower turnout is better for the Republican. The new Rasmussen Reports poll shows that Brown is ahead by two percentage points among those who are absolutely certain they will vote. A week ago, he trailed by two among those certain to vote.

To overcome the enthusiasm gap and help generate a larger turnout, national Democrats are getting involved in the race. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is reportedly spending more than half a million dollars in the final days of a campaign that Coakley has long been the heavy favorite to win. Senator John Kerry in an emergency fundraising letter for Coakley today says the race is “a dead heat,” and he and former President Bill Clinton plan to campaign in the state on Friday.

Tired of reading yet? Keep going, its interesting.

Brown raised over a million dollars on Monday and appears to have narrowed the financial gap so far. Coakley has gone negative in the second television ad of her campaign, one that includes Brown in front of a picture of conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. She also sought to link Brown to former President George W. Bush during the debate. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of likely voters in Massachusetts have a favorable opinion of Brown, and 58% say the same about Coakley. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters think Coakley will win the election, while 33% expect a victory for Brown. Coakley, who was elected attorney general in 2006, defeated several other candidates to win her party’s nomination in a December 8 primary. Brown, who has served in the State Senate since 2004, won the GOP primary the same day. Fifty-two percent (52%) favor the health care legislation before Congress, but 46% are opposed. Nationally, most voters oppose the proposed health care plan. Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters say the man who tried to blow up an airline on Christmas Day should be tried by the military as a terrorist act while 21% believe the case should be tried by civilian courts as a criminal act. Seventy-seven percent (77%) now favor the use of full-body scanners at airports. Forty-one percent (41%) believe the $787-billion economic stimulus plan passed by Congress last year helped the economy while 23% believe it hurt. That’s a much more positive assessment than the stimulus plan receives nationally.

However, even in Massachusetts, just 38% believe that increases in government spending generally help the economy. Forty-four percent (44%) say such spending generally has a negative impact. As for taxes, 56% believe that tax hikes are bad for the economy while 23% think they help. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Massachusetts voters think that more jobs will be created by cancelling the rest of the stimulus spending while 44% think spending the money will create more jobs. Nationally, just over half believe that canceling the spending is the better tool for job creation. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of those likely to vote in this election still approve of the way that Barack Obama is doing his job as president. Just 40% approve of the way that Deval Patrick is handling his role as governor. The survey was conducted on Monday night, the night of a televised debate between the candidates.

Emphasis mine.

Tell us what you think in the comment section of this post! Is this race too close to call? Who are YOU leaning towards? Let us know!

~Aaronius

Scott Brown’s MONEYBOMB Explodes! Video: Greta Van Susteren and Brown

“Today, our movement has invested $1,303,302.50 to win on January 19 and I am so grateful for the support and the faith that you have in us!” – Scott Brown’s final late-night Twitter comment  January 11, 2010

With an original goal of raising $500,000 yesterday, the end result of Brown’s MONEYBOMB has triggered a political tremor that will be felt all the way to the White House. The next few days will be interesting. Seeing Martha Coakley on the fault line, Democrats will be sending Bill Clinton and others to re-fit her campaign with rallying rhetoric.

Early on, Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Brown brought national focus to the senatorial special election to be held on January 19th. Following Romney’s example, Mitt Romney Central is zeroing in on this crucial contest between Brown and Martha Coakley. It was a thrill to be part of a large network of bloggers to help with yesterday’s extraordinary fundraising efforts for Brown. Thanks to all who participated on this site to make a memorable day. Now, on to electing the first Republican senator in Massachusetts in 30 years – Scott Brown!

Greta Van Susteren interviewed Brown last night regarding his riveting bid for Ted Kennedy’s senatorial seat in MA:

Van Susteren: Good evening Senator and, boy, this is an exciting race – not just in your state but you’re going to determine what happens in the United States Senate – whether it’s filibuster proof or not.

Brown: Well, that’s true. This race affects everybody in the country. Not only here, obviously, in Massachusetts, but everybody. As the 41st Senator I can stop what’s happening in Washington. All the backroom deals you’re talking about are outrageous.

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UPDATE:
Is a Close Call a Victory for GOP?
Politico 11/12/10
By Alex Isenstadt and Jonathon Martin

In the wake of several recent public polls signaling that the Jan. 19 Massachusetts Senate special election is more competitive than anyone expected, both parties are moving aggressively to frame the narrative that emerges the next day.

For Democrats, who have been jolted by the unexpectedly close race for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat, the message is simple: A win is a win. State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s margin of victory is irrelevant.

For Republicans, however, the story line is more complex. The GOP admits to the uphill nature of the race in heavily Democratic Massachusetts but believes that state Sen. Scott Brown’s got a good shot at winning. More important, they note, a valiant, close loss counts as a win because it will be a sign of deep discontent with Democratic policies even in a blue-state citadel.

“The implications of a Scott Brown victory would be cataclysmic for national Democrats,” said Rick Wilson, a veteran GOP ad man. “If you thought New Jersey or Virginia had national implications for Democrats, then Scott Brown even getting this close to the kill zone sends a message that Republicans can compete anywhere.”

Read entire article here.

*Martha Coakley has released a new ad attacking Scott Brown. In it, she misspells ‘Massachusetts’.

Update 2: FOX news is reporting that Martha Coakley is attending a fundraiser today in Washington D.C. which includes meeting with health care lobbyists and health care industry lobbyists.