January 05, 2010

Massachusetts Senate Race Tightens. Is Obamacare The Cause?

A new Rasmussen poll out this morning shows that Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown (a member of the MA state Senate) trailing Democrat Martha Coakley (the state Attorney general) by only nine percentage points in the special election being held to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat:

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Coakley ahead of Brown 50% to 41%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.

The special Senate election will be held on January 19 and special elections typically feature low turnout. Thatís one reason the race appears to be a bit closer than might typically be expected for a Senate race in Massachusetts. Kennedy carried 69% of the vote when he was reelected in 2006.

I think this is a far closer race an anyone had any reason to suspect, but this may be because of a grassroots effort by Republican, conservative, and Tea Party activists (not always the same folks) to try to make this race a referendum on the national health care rationing bill known as Obamacare.

I doubt Brown will score an upset victory even with Coakley rather arrogantly taking a vacation just before the election, but if he makes it relatively close, that may be seen as a prelude to the kind of treatment Democrats might expect from voters for their attempts to bully through a dangerously flawed and poorly understood bill.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 5, 2010 11:38 AM

I do not know if Obamacare is the cause or not, but I am hoping that his vote could be the 41st in the Senate. I would rather have it in January 19 that to wait until November.

Posted by: Picric at January 5, 2010 02:23 PM

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Posted by: Pete at January 5, 2010 05:47 PM

It's certainly no thanks to the rnc.

Posted by: emdfl at January 5, 2010 06:21 PM

Lets elect Scott Brown and show the country we are sending help to the US Senate to stop the communist agenda of Obama, and the House and Senate leadership. Wake up and vote for Scott Brown!!!

Posted by: Pat Rawlings at January 6, 2010 09:48 AM

I am optimistic in a Brown victory. A victory for change that our state needs deperately. After so many years of ultra liberal one sided thinking, we must cut thee old ties, and put real balance back into our lives, for fair and equal representation, for all!!!!!!!!

Dick Swan
Pres. CEO
A.R.M.S. Inc.

Posted by: Dick Swan at January 7, 2010 09:12 PM