January 19th, 2010
09:17 AM ET
5 years ago

Coakley confident as she votes

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley sounded confident as she voted Tuesday morning.
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley sounded confident as she voted Tuesday morning.

Boston (CNN) - Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley sounded confident as she voted Tuesday morning in a special election to fill the final three years of the term of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Speaking to reporters after she cast her ballot at an elementary school in Medford, Massachusetts, near her home, Coakley was optimistic that she would win, saying "we've been working every day."

Coakley, the state's attorney general, is battling Republican state Sen. Scott Brown. A new poll released Monday afternoon indicated that Brown had a 7-point edge over Coakley, with 2 percent backing Joseph Kennedy, a third party candidate who is not related to the late senator. Other recent partisan and non-partisan surveys suggested the race was a dead heat.

Brown votes later Tuesday morning at an elementary school in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Former Republican

    Go Coakley and Mass voters! Please choose wisely to continue the positive works of Sen. Kennedy with Martha Coakley.

    How could any decent person even consider Brown's chauvanistic nonsense, agreeing to shove a "curling iron" up his opponent's orifice? Really? Unbelievable and just gross.

    January 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Stallings Bickford

    Go, Brown, Go!!!

    January 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. moses

    If she's wrong, she can change her name to Martha CHOKELY.

    January 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Mark

    If it's an legal election she will lose, but everyone knows how the dems vote early and vote often..........

    January 19, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Dar

    Massachusetts will do the right thing today and put Brown in the senate to stop the madness in the White House.
    Odumbo has done a great thing for real Americans, He awoke us and we are coming to clean out the senate and all off congress.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    January 19, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. ck

    Ahh, must mean ACORN showed up in full force.

    January 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. ANGIE

    I'm a Democrat and how you got the nod to run for the senate is beyond me. you thought you had it in the bag so you laid around like you had nothing to prove. you should be ashamed. IF you win and that is a BIG IF, is that how you will conduct business in Washington? With the mess this country is in we need people that will work for the people. Which means you can't take a vacation. Several news outlets have reported how you "took a break" over the holidays and didn't bother to campaign. What were you thinking? You sound like a Democratic sarah " you betcha" palin. We don't need that . IDIOT!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. unemployed by Obama

    soon America will be back in the hands of the people and not run by Dem Crooks

    January 19, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Sam Sixpack

    "... other ... surveys suggested the race was a dead heat." Don't you mean one of 10 other surveys? The only thing 'left' to do is keep scammin' for your girl.

    January 19, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Dennis

    If she is truly confident, it just shows how out of touch with reality that she is. History will be made in Massachusetts today.

    January 19, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Ron in California

    At least she'll get one vote.

    January 19, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    She is smug and arrogant. Can't wait till she makes her concession speech tonight. At which time, Kirk will no longer be allowed to vote in the Senate.

    January 19, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Bud

    Adios Jokley.

    January 19, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. stevegee

    So was Napoleon at Waterloo...

    Coakely is going to lose, big time! Massachusetts and the rest of America are fed up with the liberal elites in Washington. We don't want your Socilalist agenda - big government, high taxes and obscene deficits.

    We want a better future, we want freedom and liberty. And the elections in Virginia, New Jersey and now Massachusetts are testaments to that.

    Go Scott go!

    January 19, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Poor Martha – still doesn't get it.

    January 19, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Dave

    Working every day Coakley? You mean going on vacation for 10 days and jetting of to a glitzy $10,000 a plate fundraiser sponsored by heathcare and lobbyist special interests? (you know, where her goon knocked a reporter to the ground because he didn't ask her a scripted question). Coakley will be nothing but a rubber stamp for whatever Ozero and Reid want. People are fed up with the spending backroom deals and payoffs. GO SCOTT BROWN!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. FM

    It is all about turn-out. If that is the case, I get difficulty to see how can Brown pull it out in a heavily DEM Massachusetts.

    January 19, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. this black liberal hates Obama

    I just hope she is because that way I could see the shock look on her face when she gets her ass kicked today and gives her concession speech after that!

    January 19, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. gt

    looser....boy is she a poor pick...

    January 19, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    I wonder is Marcia had the good sense to vote for herself?

    January 19, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Randy

    She'll get at least 1 vote now.

    January 19, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Lotta Muni

    Coakley is very clearly out of touch and has no clue. It's a shame that the Democrats didn't seek a worth successor to Ted Kennedy rather than someone who would simply rubber stamp their partisan agenda.

    January 19, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. John in Indy

    goin down baby!

    January 19, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. R.B.

    Will Brown do anything for MA? Do you think the GOP has any symnpathy for Americans other than as voters? Think again. Their agenda is to keep us in the past, in a state of war. I hope he does get elected so people in MA can see GOP in action once more. They helped us so much during the Bush years. Good luck with that.

    January 19, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Jo in Arkansas

    I hope she wins! Healthcare is at stake here. Remember the legacy of Ted Kennedy!

    January 19, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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