December 9th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
6 months ago

Coakley, Brown to vie for Kennedy's Senate seat

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic nomination and Sen. Scott Brown won the Republican nod Tuesday night in a special primary election to narrow the field of candidates vying to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic nomination and Sen. Scott Brown won the Republican nod Tuesday night in a special primary election to narrow the field of candidates vying to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

(CNN) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic nomination and Sen. Scott Brown won the Republican nod Tuesday night in a special primary election to narrow the field of candidates vying to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Top Republicans and Democrats congratulated the respective winners of the seat long occupied by Kennedy, a fixture in national politics who established himself as one of the most powerful lawmakers to serve in the Senate.
Coakley's Twitter account claimed victory shortly after polls closed Tuesday. "We did it! Thank you for your support!" On her Web site, Coakley released a statement to Massachusetts voters.

"You helped me convince the voters to send a different kind of leader to Washington, one who can see all the possibilities and who will get to work on those problems that have seemed impossible to change," she said.

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Filed under: Massachusetts • Senate • Ted Kennedy
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  1. blutarski

    If you consider who the typical Massachusetts voter selects, Liberal Martha Coakley will be a shoe in. No matter how badly the Liberal Elected Officials treat the citizens of Massachusetts, they continue to vote in the same type of representative time and time again.

    December 9, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Flex

    Go Coakley! It will be a delight to watch the annihilation of proposition 8!

    December 9, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Chiquitalg

    There was nothing, I felt, as an african american, that mr reid should apologize for. He spoke the truth. Salvery and the Civil War was born of politican machanicism. It is just another Replician ploy to show they can try to be sensitive. Sensitive and snow blowing is two different things.

    December 9, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Dean O

    Lets hope DEMs in MA dont make the same mistake again. Voting for more of the same – liberal do nothing POLs that embrace Obama Socialism. Lets hope if elected Coakley follows in Ted footsteps, literally.

    December 9, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. billy123

    Please GOP right wing intervene and state the GOP ruinning for the U,S, Senate is not right wing enough and force then out of the race too.

    December 9, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Martha Coakley, don't let a GOPer in

    they cannot be allowed back in leadership positions again

    we have not even recovered from their last debacle

    if you want an even worse positioin for the U.S. with respect to its own citizens and with respect to the world, listen to the lies and believe what the GOP says

    And watch as the 'beacon on the hill' shines no more

    December 9, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Sniffit

    and not a person of color being allowed to vie. Kennedy would be dismayed

    thanks Faux News Too for moderating my comments, especially when I expose the truth(i.e. all the fake polls here)

    thank you too for banning my home IP so now I have to comment at the library on the taxpayers dime

    December 9, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Bob in Pa

    Lady, the only change we need in Washington is for the politicians to not be there for 11 months out of the year.

    December 9, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. All the news that is fit to omit

    Scott Brown for Senate, we need "real change" in this liberal coward, hack infested state.

    Another year of side deals, corruption, drunkeness, payoffs, ALL by the Democrats and Ms Coakley will be nothing but a rubber stamp, turn the other cheek when the going get's tough HACK, like she has been as AG.

    Brown is a good family man who has worked both sides of the aisle when NEEDED and isn't afraid to hammer his own party when NEEDED and he is a fellow vet who is still SERVING after 30 years.

    Coakley got us pennies on the dollar in Big Pig payments and she was in charge of making sure the stimulus was spent right and we got PHONY jobs in PHONY districts and nothing but union paybacks.

    Time for real Hope Change.

    Make history next time with a decent candidate, not this hack Coakley.

    December 9, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Dee

    I hope she calls The Closer to help her during the election. Michelle might be the key to her winning.

    December 9, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Hendrik

    Go Martha, beat that Repuglican. Let us not allow another Repiglican anywhere near a leadership position. They are all pond scum.

    December 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. SocialismBad

    I'm sure Mass. will send another raving lunatic liberal to the Senate. Some things will never change....

    December 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    Well, when you think about it folks.....40 plus years on the job and really Kennedy did very little.

    December 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |