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. Joe

    We can only hope.

    January 17, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  2. A.Adams

    So America how do you like "spread the wealth???" Creepy isn't it? I can see Lenin or Marx saying "spread the wealth!" This election is Mass is a contest between the 'American Dream' and "Spread the Wealth."

    January 17, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. agro21

    At least he is now listening the people!!!

    January 17, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Eric

    What does Bill Burton know? He is so light, he floats. Even Megyn Kelly from Fox News can clean his clock, which isn't hard to do. Another left over crony from the campaign trail.

    January 17, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Greg

    This is just the beginning, like last years couple of elections that Republicans won... but now, a seat held by kennedy for more than 40 years, to be lost to a Republican, is a referendum on the president, pelosi, reid, all the czars, all the spending, healthcare bill debacle, cap and tax, soon illegal alien amnesty, and so much more. People do not want socialism or marxism.

    And, if dems push the bill with the nuclear option of 51 votes, they will really guarantee landslide victories in November, in fact, if they do that, I would predict they lose the majority in both house and senate.

    Personally, I would hope the voters would vote out all dems and republicans to send all politicians a message – that being, follow our constitution and bill of rights!

    January 17, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  6. BrownIsDaMan

    Yahoo, Brown is about to kick the Mass. political machine
    in the behind !

    January 17, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. garyw

    I believe Coakley's defeat will be the result of a growing backlash against President Obama's apparent indifference toward the needs and desires of the middle class.

    January 17, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Johncarens

    Be careful... Don't believe a word that is leaked out of this White House, especially anything leaked to CNN. I smell a rat (-of course, this particular smell has been permeating the atmosphere whenever statist radical Democrat politicians and their paid hack staffers are in the area). I am sure that this is being put out in a last-ditch attempt to suppress a surging conservative vote ("I don't need to vote, now that I've heard Obama thinks Brown will win. He already has it in the bag). CONSERVATIVES: Don't believe a word of it. Get out and vote. Get your parents to vote, your kids, your friends, whatever. If they are a Brown vote, get them to the polls!

    January 17, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. millicent's Mac

    Obama sounds very desperate to me. Why all not let the Republican in on the health care bill, what,s to hide.

    January 17, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    This may be a trick!
    It may be another case of, "you lie," or, "your cohorts lie!"
    If Republicans believe that Brown's election is a "done deal" and sleep in Tuesday instead of voting, Coakley could squeak through and win.
    Be careful up there in "Massachusettes," you Republicans and conservative Independents who learned to read, spell, AND think.
    VOTE Tuesday!
    Vote for Scott Brown!

    January 17, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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