Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement Tuesday night:
“Tonight, Scott Brown made history by exceeding all expectations and defeating Martha Coakley in the heart of the Democrat Party’s political stronghold. I extend my sincere congratulations to Scott, the Brown family, and his team on their tremendous come from behind victory to become the first Republican U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in more than 30 years. His message of lower-taxes, smaller government, and fiscal responsibility clearly resonated with independent-minded voters in Massachusetts who were looking for a solution to decades of failed Democrat leadership. There is no doubt in my mind that Scott will provide the representation and leadership they have asked for and deserve.
“Now that the people of Massachusetts have made their choice clear, the Senate must move quickly to seat Senator-Elect Brown so that the people have their chosen representative in the Senate as soon as possible. Over the past year, independent voters in Virginia, New Jersey and now Massachusetts have made their voices heard by sending a clear message that they’ve had enough of the binge spending and government-growing agenda coming from Washington – Democrats everywhere are officially on notice.”
President Obama campaigned with fellow Democrat Martha Coakley in Boston Sunday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Boston (CNN) – Republican Scott Brown's win a special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy is a blunt message to President Obama and Democrats, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said Tuesday.
"Scott Brown campaigned against the Obama health care plan, against the Obama stimulus plan, against what he calls the spending and the taxing in Washington, D.C.," he said. "And voters in a state that Obama carried by 26 points have now, by a significant margin, decided to send Republican Scott Brown to Washington."
"Tonight, Massachusetts is not only sending a Republican to the Senate. Massachusetts is sending a very blunt message to President Obama and the national Democratic Party," King observed.
Boston (CNN) – Democrat Martha Coakley called Republican Scott Brown Tuesday night to concede in the Massachusetts special Senate election, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reports.
"She congratulated Scott Brown on the campaign and wished him well in the very consequential days he has ahead as he goes to Washington to take the seat that Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal icon, held for 46 years," King said, reporting from Brown's Election Night gathering.
Boston (CNN) - Republican Scott Brown won a major upset victory in Tuesday's special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy.
With more than three-quarters of results counted, Brown had 52 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate, according to the the National Election Pool, a consortium of media organizations including CNN. Independent candidate Joseph Kennedy, a libertarian who is not related to the Kennedy political family of Massachusetts, had 1 percent.
Brown's victory made real the once unthinkable prospect of a Republican filling the seat held by Kennedy, known as the liberal lion, for almost 47 years until his death due to brain cancer last August.
Boston (CNN) – If Republican Scott Brown wins Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts, President Obama will have to decide how to pursue his top domestic agenda item without 60 votes in the Senate.
If Brown wins, Obama's strategy for passing a health care reform bill is "a fascinating question," CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said Tuesday night.
"The burden really would be on the President of the United States," King explained, reporting from the Brown campaign's election night gathering.
If elected, Brown has said "he would go to Washington and he's happy to talk to the president about health care and he's happy to cooperate. But that he doesn't like the spending in the bill and he thinks it would raise taxes.
"So the question is: Does the president say 'forget what happened in Massachusetts' and try to rally the Democrats? Or will the president suddenly get conciliatory and reach out and maybe back pedal a bit and try to make a deal?"
Boston (CNN) - The doors have been closed and no one is being allowed into Scott Brown's post-election campaign event, CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Rachel Streitfeld report.
Steinhauser notes that hundreds of people are milling around outside trying to watch the latest results on television monitors set up in the hallways.
Washington (CNN) - Republican strategist Alex Castellanos suggested Tuesday that if Martha Coakley loses Tuesday, it might actually help Democrats in the midterm elections.
"This may be a good day for Barack Obama in the sense that instead of waiting for November of this coming year to really lose his Democratic majority in the House, he may in effect lose it now," Castellanos said.
"Democrats may start moving away from him and he may have to govern in a more bipartisan way, moving away from the left more towards the center and some conservative ideals. It may center this administration."
More than a thousand supporters of Republican Senate hopeful Scott Brown are celebrating at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rachel Streitfeld/CNN)
Boston (CNN) – It's a party atmosphere inside the main ballroom at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. That's where more than a thousand supporters of Republican Senate hopeful Scott Brown are celebrating what they hope will be their party's first senate victory in Massachusetts since 1972.
Former Boston College and pro football quarterback Doug Flutie and his band are playing crowd-pleasing classic songs like "Sweet Home Alabama."
An Uncle Sam look-alike dressed in sequins is dancing in celebration.
A Brown campaign official tells CNN that the candidate, a state Senator, is watching election returns with his family in a hotel suite. He is being joined by former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Boston (CNN) – The scene at Martha Coakley headquarters is very quiet ahead of the poll results, CNN National Political Corrspondent Jessica Yellin reports.
"I would have to say most of the people in this room are actually media, so there is not a lot of excitement here," Yellin said. "There is a lot of anxiety, a worried anticipation that this candidate is not going to do what they expected even a month ago when she had a 30 point lead, when Democrats had assumed it was a cakewalk for her, and when the Coakley campaign essentially coasted for many weeks.
"That's the consensus opinion of Democratic operatives in this state, that she just coasted, did not mount the kind of campaign one has to mount to win in a big state and took it for granted. And they are very concerned she is going to pay the price tonight."
Washington (CNN) - A top adviser to the President sounded a note of pessimism to CNN as the polls closed in Massachusetts; the adviser offered a clear shot at Martha Coakley saying: "Campaigns and candidates matter," CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry reports.