January 17th, 2010
04:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Sources: Obama advisers believe Coakley will lose

Washington (CNN) - Multiple advisers to President Obama have privately told party officials that they believe Democrat Martha Coakley is going to lose Tuesday’s special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy for more than 40 years, several Democratic sources told CNN Sunday.

The sources added that the advisers are still hopeful that Obama's visit to Massachusetts on Sunday - coupled with a late push by Democratic activists - could help Coakley pull out a narrow victory in an increasingly tight race against Republican state Sen. Scott Brown.

However, the presidential advisers have grown increasingly pessimistic in the last three days about Coakley's chances after a series of missteps by the candidate, sources said.

But White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN: "The President is in Massachusetts today because he believes Martha Coakley is the right person for the job and indeed will be the next senator from Massachusetts."

Updated: 5:18 p.m. with comment from Bill Burton


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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. stevegee

    Coakley is going to lose no matter what the liberal, conniving Democrats do. The people of Massachusetts don't want her to represent them - they don't want Socialism.

    Massachusetts - and all Americans for that matter - want freedom and liberty. And that's what Scott Brown will fight for in Washington.

    January 17, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Brandon

    I hope he is right this can put a road block in the health care issue. maybe president obama will hear us now!!!!!

    January 17, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. valwayne

    The nation is watching and praying that MA will send a message to Washington by electing Scott Brown. We've seen the exercise of total raw political power like we've rarely seen in this country. The arrogance, the ego, the corruption and the incompetence are hurting our country badly. The Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback, the $60 billion payoff for the unions and the trillions in spending and debt for the special interest must end. Its rare one election can make such a difference, but MA can send a freezing cleansing artic blast to Washington DC. Start the cleanup MA, start the cleanup!!!

    January 17, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Dan

    I am a registered Dem and I am voting for Brown

    January 17, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Ben

    I also am a registered Dem and I was at Northeastern today. Who does Obama think he's fooling. I am voting for Brown.

    January 17, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    Well I hope that his advisers are finally right!! I will take gridlock over what we have been experiencing for the past year from this big spending administration!!

    January 17, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. strickinms

    It looks like these political advisers are performing an early CYA. I'll wager that if Coakley wins, these same advisers will credit the WH for the victory.

    January 17, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. chuck dc

    name the sources. Why let them hide behind fake journalism??

    January 17, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Eric Dondero

    Some in the media are already talking of the Martha Coakley campaign in the past tense, as if the race is already over. No doubt this will have the effect of depressing Democrat turn-out even further. It's not out of the question that Scott Brown will have a much larger than anticipated victory. Imagine if he wins by a margin greater than 55 to 45.

    January 17, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. harold

    If the republican gets it.. then he will be the United States biggest Democracy killer of all time.. making the Filibuster the ruler of the Land in America...Democracy ?.. I don't think so.. whats wroung with 51 out of 100 votes is a Democracy ...a majority vote.....No?

    January 17, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. GGGG

    Coakley should and will lose. Lets get serious about healthcare reform. Pelosi and Reid are corrupt. Healthcare reform proposal:

    1. Medical Malpractice Reform
    2. Don't tax health insurance, in fact give tax deduction for it!
    3. Let insurance companies operate across state lines
    4. Eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions
    5. Allow patients to buy drugs from Canada
    6. Expand and improve healthcare savings accounts
    7. Train more doctors/nurses/physical therapists.
    8. All states (including Nebraska) should share in the costs
    9. All people (including union workers) should be treated equally

    January 17, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Alvin

    So I guess it's not private anymore? So why would the president spend [waste] time going to Boston to pull for a loosing candidate and use what is left of his political capital tying his agenda to her run?

    January 17, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Bonnie

    Where is our Faith, Belief, Trust, people. Find it, keep it, and good things will happen, even in bad times.

    January 17, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Hmm, it's not "private" speculation if sources are leaking it to a national news outlet like CNN, now is it?

    January 17, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. JR

    I am convinced that AG Martha Coakley will win, unless the Democratic base stays home because of frustration against their party for not fighting enough for the middle class and poors.
    This is almost the same scenario as before the primaries Obama-Hillary at MA, the polls were showing that the race was tied, but it was not the case when the result came up. Hillary pulled off very big.
    I would also say that this situation should be a serious wake up call for President Obama and the Democratic Party. They have to keep their base happy. Otherwise, they would be in serious trouble in November. They would alone face the GOP base. The Democratic base as well as the middle class and poors would stay home.
    You cannot keep asking the base to give you 60 votes in the US Senate when you aren’t using those votes for their best interests. It isn’t so hard to understand

    January 17, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. mark

    Vote for balance, vote for Scott Brown!

    January 17, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. perryrants

    calling a boston icon a "yankee fan", in jest or otherwise, suggests,

    ...a loser!!!

    January 17, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Minnesota gal

    Don't you all at CNN wish that...it would make for a better story. But since it seems like all the polls are being taken by republicans who can believe them. There is an overwhelming number of democrats in Mass. All they needed was a push and they will send that slime bucket with his nudeo pictures to the dump where he belongs.

    January 17, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Limbaugh or Obama - Choose, Massachusetts

    Failure or Hope

    January 17, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Karen Carter

    Let us hope and pray to Almighty God that for once the Obama advisers are right.

    January 17, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Gabi

    Lets hope she looses. Anyone who is so desperate to run despicable ads should never be elected for public office.

    January 17, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Mr. Semaj

    This would not be such a big deal if the Republicans wasn't threatening to ruin the Democrats at every turn. They already had eight years under Bush to mess this country up.

    January 17, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. Al of Boston

    The President's advisors have finally got something correct.

    January 17, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Jack Murphy

    Brown is the superior candidate..., better spoken, quicker on his feet, solid in his beliefs. Coakley shows surprising weakness and all the Democrat carpetbaggers that have been brought in an attempt to make up for her ineptness simply underline her lack of personal strength or organizational competence.

    January 17, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. right of center

    I starting to feel sorry for Barry

    January 17, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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