Polls Close in Massachusetts Special Senate Election … Brown and Coakley, Let the Counting Begin (UPDATE: SCOTT BROWN WINS)
The polls have closed in Massachusetts and let the vote counting begin. The significance of this election is like nothing I have seen in my lifetime. In the balance of this Senate election is the future of Obamacare and the Obama Administration.
A victory by Scott Brown in blue, blue Massachusetts means the demise of Obama and his socialist agenda. Any Senator or Representative weould be a fool to support this President if a Republican wins the late Ted Kennedy’s seat in Mass.
However, before the polls closed the blame game began for Democrats. The White House tried to distance them self from Coakley and this potential colossal disaster. You know it’s bad when the Coakley-Obama blame game is in full swing and the polls had not even closed. RUT-ROH, could be a long, sleepless evening for libs across America.
This cannot be a good sign for Martha Coakley, Obama’s top political advisor says “hats off” to Republican Scott Brow. Think the White House has not read the tea leaves and has some inside baseball data?
“As a practitioner in politics, my hat’s off to him,” Axelrod said.
Axelrod, in a question and answer session with reporters, said it was too soon for “post-mortems” on the special election to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat. And for the record, he said that he still expected Coakley to win.
But it didn’t take much reading between the lines to see that the president and his team are preparing to back-pedal as swiftly as humanly possible to distance Obama from a disastrous result tonight.
The Obama strategist volunteered praise for the Massachusetts Senate campaign run by the Republican, Scott Brown, and seemed to find nothing good to point to in the Democratic effort. He said he didn’t want to “delve deeply into post-mortems on the day people are voting.”
Coakley advisor slams DC Democrats in memo for failing Martha Coakley. These folks are going to eat their own before this one is over. More from Blue Crab Boulevard and the Gang that could not shoot straight.
UPDATE I: Counting the Votes
8:30pm Eastern. Early, early results are in. AP has Brown 52% Coakley 47%, wht 116 of 2168 precincts reporting.
Town by Town votes can be seen HERE
Michelle Malkin with great election round up.
It appears Scott Rasmussen did some exit polling, 22% of Democrats voted for Brown. That is generally consistent with pre-election polling.
UPDATE II: 29% reporting: Brown 53% – Coakley 47%
UPDATE III: The Gateway Pundit tracking the numbers as well.
36% reporting Brown-52/47
The Park Plaza is packed!
UPDATE IV: 60% of vote counted, Brown 53% – Coakley 46%
This is looking like the race will be called soon … Brown appears to have pulled off the Massachusetts Miracle.
UPDATE V: Go SCOTT GO …
65% of the vote counted, Brown 53% – Coakley 46%
UPDATE VI: AP CALLS IT … BROWN WINS … BROWN WINS!!!
Coakley has conceded to Brown!!! Scott Brown has his own Tea Party and wins big in Massachusetts special Senate election.
In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.
The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president’s party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.
UPDATE VI: From earlier in the night as the race was becoming an obvious Brown victory, Howard Dean on MSNBC told Rachel Maddow that people are tired of the “the partisan bickering” in Washington. I second the comment by Jammie Wearing Fool, “No, Howie, they’re tired of the Democrats.”