Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Massachusetts Senate Results: Coakley Concedes!

Major update at 9:20: Scott Brown just said on WRKO in Boston that Coakley called to concede!

9:25 Update: Fox's Carl Cameron announces it: Brown has won. Bring on the Hump Bot.

9:30 Update: It's official.
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.

9:55 Update: Coakley concession speech. Bye bye, Marcia.

And finally, the Humpbot.

Started this in the previous post, but things should develop quickly.

You can view live results here. Rasmussen has exit polling here.
Preliminary results include:

* Among those who decided how they would vote in the past few days, Coakley has a slight edge, 47% to 41%.
* Coakley also has a big advantage among those who made up their mind more than a month ago.
Hmmm. Plus, Nostrilitus, man of reason?
Powerful Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-CA) does not support moving healthcare reform bill quickly if Martha Coakley loses.

"I don't think it's a good idea for us to do that," Waxman said. "He ought to be seated and we'll see where we go -- if he wins!"
With 7% of the vote counted it's 51-48% for Brown.

More here. Ace is at Brown HQ.

Update 8:40: Brown up 5 with 18% of the vote in. A live blog at RCP. A good town-by-town link here.

Update 8:45: The WHDH link seems to be updating faster than most. Now 25% of precincts with Brown up 52-47, 288,615 to 260,730.

Update 8:50: Howie Carr is calling it for Brown while on O'Reilly. He looks like he lost some weight. Democrat Mary Anne Marsh is crestfallen. Now 40% of the vote in--this is coming in fast--and it's 53-46 for Brown.

Update 9 pm: Now 57% in and it's 53-46 for Brown. Ace is still drinking and schmoozing.

Update 9:15: On MessNBC, in the face of imending disaster for the Democrats, Howard Dean tells Rachel Maddow that people are tired of the "the partisan bickering" in Washington. No, Howie, they're tired of the Democrats. It's now 65% of the vote in with Brown up 53-46 with nearly a 100,000 vote lead. Someone's going to be calling this soon, I imagine.

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