January 19th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
January 19th, 2010
11:18 AM ET
4 years ago

Mass. officials expecting 'pretty good' turnout

Boston (CNN) – Officials in Massachusetts are expecting a "pretty good turnout" Tuesday in the special election between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's U.S. senate seat.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Gavin on Monday predicted that 1.6 to 2.2 million votes would be cast in the pivotal election – more than double the number of votes cast during the primary elections. Gavin also said over 100,000 absentee ballots have been requested, though the actual number that are returend could be lower.

"People are coming out," Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Gavin told CNN on Tuesday. "Although it is hard to tell how well final turnout will be since they vote in waves."

A light snow is falling throughout most of the state, but McNiff says he doesn't think it is enough to keep many of the state's 4.5 million registered voters from casting a ballot. "I think the interest in this election will trump any bad weather," McNiff said.


Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
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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Filed under: Martha Coakley
January 19th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to detail education initiative

(CNN) - The White House announced President Obama is set to detail his plans later Tuesday for his education initiative “Race to the Top."

The president is expected to make remarks at 10:25 a.m. ET live from Graham Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia.

White House statement after the jump:

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Filed under: President Obama
January 19th, 2010
08:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Health reform teeters as GOP seeks Massachusetts miracle

(CNN) - A couple of weeks ago, President Obama appeared to be on the brink of achieving the Democratic dream of comprehensive health care reform.

Today that dream is at risk of being derailed in the most Democratic of states: Massachusetts.

Democrats are increasingly nervous over the once inconceivable prospect that they will lose Tuesday's special election to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last August. Losing the seat would strip Democrats of their 60-seat Senate majority and give Republicans enough votes to block the reform bill - along with other key parts of the president's agenda.

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Filed under: Martha Coakley • Scott Brown
January 19th, 2010
06:11 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama's first 'tweet' makes presidential history

Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to 'tweet' a message.
Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to 'tweet' a message.

Washington (CNN) – Digital history was made Monday when President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to "tweet" a message on the social networking site, though he had a little bit of help.

When Obama stopped at the headquarters of the American Red Cross' to promote aid to Haiti, a member of the agency's new media team wrote a message on Twitter.com telling people he had arrived.

"President Obama and the first lady are here visiting our disaster operation center right now," the Red Cross staffer wrote.

The new media staffer then asked the president to hit "Update" on the screen and Obama posted the item himself under the @RedCross handle at Twitter.com.

A moment later the Red Cross staffer posted a follow-up tweet: "President Obama pushed the button on the last tweet. It was his first ever tweet!"
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Filed under: President Obama • Social Networking • Twitter
January 19th, 2010
06:08 AM ET
4 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 19, 2010

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Washington Post: FBI broke law for years in phone record searches
The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions.

Bloomberg: Treasury Delay on Bank Home-Equity Debt Imperils Housing Pickup
The U.S. Treasury Department has failed to win agreements to get struggling borrowers’ home- equity debt reworked, among the biggest roadblocks to reducing foreclosures that may reach a record 3 million this year.

New York Post: GOP win in Mass. makes Ford Jr. run more likely: insiders
Many New York Democratic insiders are privately speculating that if the Democrats face a Martha Coakley loss – or near-loss – in Massachusetts to GOPer Scott Brown in tomorrow's senate election, it increases the odds of a Harold Ford Jr. candidacy.

Minnesota Star-Tribune: Coleman’s exit is turning point for all parties
Within hours of Norm Coleman's exit from the 2010 gubernatorial race, the effect of his decision could be felt by candidates of all stripes. Lesser-known Republicans now have a clear shot at center stage, even though they lack the big bucks and cachet Coleman would have wielded. Democrats get to cross off a longtime nemesis, but could find DFL anger and national cash in shorter supply without one of their favorite foils.

SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE CAMPAIGN

Boston Globe: All eyes on Bay State ballot
From Pittsfield to Framingham, North Andover to Dorchester, the candidates for US Senate made a last dash across the state yesterday, issuing their final pitches to voters ahead of a special election today that has drawn the eyes of the nation.

CNN: Health reform teeters as GOP seeks Massachusetts miracle
A couple of weeks ago, President Obama appeared to be on the brink of achieving the Democratic dream of comprehensive health care reform. Today that dream is at risk of being derailed in the most Democratic of states: Massachusetts.

Boston Herald: Ground forces mobilize
The high-flying campaigns of Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley have traded fire in the debates and over the airwaves – but now it’s up to their ground troops to turn out the vote and deliver victory.

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