January 19th, 2010
09:17 AM ET
4 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. alphonso

    i support obama.the problem is he let pelosi take control of the health care bill.it's time for the pres to take control even if it means that he put pelosi under the bus.

    January 19, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. dleesmitee

    looking pretty embarrassing for the dems – GO BROWN GO!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Dad of a Diabetic

    Today, I will find out if my child and other "uninsurable" sick children(type 1 diabetes, cancer survivors) will be able to purchase health insurance in the future, or if they will remain "uninsurable"!!!!!! "Uninsurable" children and "uninsurable" young adults have their lives at stake in this election to fill the Mass. Senate seat!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. jpspec

    I am for Scott Brown. However, really feel bad for Martha. This is not because she will probably lose. It is because Obama will throw her under one of his buses just like so many others that no longer serve his purpose. (Note that I used the plural for bus. This is because there is not enough room under one bus!)

    January 19, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Joan

    It is interesting to watch the media coverage of this race. A lot of coverage was given to Brown's campaign, the " so called anger" in the state and how he was creeping up in the polls. Not really mentioned was how he will stonewall health care for the little guy, how he would continue Republican policies that got your country in trouble in the first place and the huge influence that the teabaggers and wealthy Republicans from out of state have had on this. Also not mentioned until today was an early magazine spread of Brown nude. Now if Sen. Coakley had posed nude for a magazine in her twenties, you can bet the other "righteous" campaign would have used it extensively. This just shows the difference in the campaigns. The media did not show balanced reporting in this race but it makes for juicier stories if it is a cliffhanger. Trying to tilt the race in favour of one candidate is not fair.

    January 19, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Dan, TX

    The liberals and progressives are idiots, not because they have bad goals, I share many of them. They have no sense for slow and steady leadership. They did not hear President Obama say that this is a big ship that will take time to turn around. They said if we don't get everything we want within 6 months, the forget it. Let's let the republicans back in power. They criticize Obama because he's a centrist. Meaning, if we can't have a liberal agenda, we'd rather lose power.

    Democrats have a big tent. Unfortunately, the rabid left-wingers who could be a power for change, don't understand that change requires time. Looks like they need to be out of power again because they lack the leadership skills needed to move the country forward. They seem to enjoy complaining more than governing.

    January 19, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Anyone, politician or voter that wants to return to the policies of the previous administration should be tried and shot for treason.

    January 19, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Grundoon

    Now all you family values voters get out there and support the full frontal male centefold.

    January 19, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. demwit

    Supremely confident! As most arrogant liberal are..

    January 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. RealityKing

    America has clearly tired of the Obama's progressively liberal tax and spend agenda.

    January 19, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. John L. - NYC

    I appreciate her enthusiasm but if nothing else this momentum for Brown is a HUGE sign for the discontent across the country about where this administration is taking the country and she's pretty much portrayed herself as a future rubber-stamp vote for all things close to Kennedy's platform (whom I respected as a passionate Senator, although not always agreed with his views). I'd be shocked if they actually let her speak at meetings without something scripted, she hasn't actually demonstrated her strength of public character throughout this process.

    I voted for Obama but didn't sign up for this. VOTE BROWN to put some much needed balance and respect for rational questions back in this equation.

    January 19, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. rachel

    As a dem turned independent it's a shame what the dems are doing with this healthcare. If the blue dogs had voted like their consituents told them to Mass woudnt be in this situation, and it doesnt help matters the arrogance of the dems saying this was Ted's seat it's the people's seat.

    January 19, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    Just too bad the far left democrats are not sharing her confidence. Why Keith Obermann and Ed Shutze have got their panties in a knot over the possibility of a Scott Brown win today.

    January 19, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. America Shrugged

    Either way, healthcare reform is coming. I can't vote in the special election as I'm not a citizen of Mass, but I'd love to see the Cosmo spread. Could you imagine what the GOP would have done if Coakley had done a spread like that in some man's magazine?

    January 19, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. mark

    she should be confident that she is losing – go Brown!

    January 19, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. db

    Is she? Really?

    January 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. JGB

    for the good of America, this woman better Lose!

    January 19, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. ran

    Do those who vote against the Democrats really think this will make the Republicans start to work for the people. all this will do is bring back grid lock and nothing will happen. That is unless the Democrats decide along with the President that enough is enough and use the reconciliation process and just get things done.

    If people are upset over the current Health care bill it is because of the Republicans not wanting to help in any way and their use of the filibuster that cause all the deals to be made because of the likes of Lieberman, Nelson and blue dogs. If two republicans were to do the right thing then we would have gotten a better bill. But to think that by putting another republican in place will help is fooling oneself.

    If you want change you need to vote for only true Democrats or Independents because a vote for a Republican will not today or in 2010/2012 bring about true change.

    January 19, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. IL Skaggs

    Praying for Brown to win!

    January 19, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. frank

    you dems take money out of my ss cheak, and you expect me to vote for you, and i voted for obama. never again. i just about pay my rent. and ask for food. people se me . and they cant beleive it.

    January 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Vote for Scott

    Well, she should be confident. MA is vastly liberal. The last primary election the turnout was almost 5 to 1 in favor of the dems. That said, she is not the best candidate. Hopefully the state that gave us Barney Frank can do it right.

    Vote for Scott Brown.

    January 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. RTB

    I certainly trust Ms. Coakley to represent the state of Ma. in these difficult times.

    I wouldn't trust Brown if I were looking for a used car.

    January 19, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. David In West Virginia

    I hope Coakley hasn't waited too long to campaign. To lose a 20% lead in Massachusetts is a scary thought. Hand it to the Republicans in Congress, they stick together in their votes. With Democrats like the Bluedogs, who needs worry about the Republicans.

    It's disheartening as a Democrat to think we voted for change, and it appears the change we have gotten, it not what the majority asked for.

    January 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. jeff j.

    After Republicans derail healthcare, which is likely to become a reality, I hope someone will provide a list of their jobs which were too secure to be lost, and houses too well financed to be foreclosed on. I'd love to drop by and hang a teabag on their mailbox, should they end up one of the vulnerables.

    January 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Tom in Delaware

    Friends of mine from the Tea Party movement went up to Massachusetts last night to help get out the vote and I just heard that people were lined up around the block to vote, were all waiting to vote for Scott Brown and that a poll worker who has worked that district for years has never seen a turnout like this….even during the last presidential election.

    RIP Martha Coakley

    January 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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