January 19th, 2010
09:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Scott Brown wins Mass. special election

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.


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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Excellent!

    Thanks, MA!

    January 19, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Gearloose

    Hurray!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Josh

    Yes we can!

    January 19, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Chand

    Congratulations Mr Brown!!!!

    January 19, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. ck

    Can you hear us NOW Democrats???

    Way to go Brown!!

    January 19, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Ready for 2012

    Have fun playing basketball with Obama!!!!

    January 19, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Mike

    This is the best news I have heard in a long time. Hopefully, this will force Obama to govern from the center.

    January 19, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. 31m-PA

    Another Democrat bites the dust!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Donald Parker

    So... does anyone see a trend starting here? go GOP!!! We are sick and tired of paying rediculously high taxes for NOTHING. It will only get worse unless we get the liberals out of power.

    We need more Reagan Conservatives in office. Keep pushing the liberals out.

    January 19, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Matt

    Did you get the message Obama? Knock it off.

    January 19, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Michael Lovitt

    Democrats better take notice...we will be coming to a state near you in November. Tea Party ON Baby!!

    January 19, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Ed_C

    It just doesn't get any better than this. Good to see all the liberals and other Democrats posting their views here. Maybe some common sense will rub off on them.

    January 19, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. liz

    Well, it looks like the stupid people will get the chance to finish the job of destroying the country. Unless Democrats in Congress get their act together and start working together to do what the American people elected them to do, this will be the first of many losses. Once again, people expected instant solutions to problems eight years in the making, and when they didn't get them they took away the ability to continue working toward the solutions. Now the people who made the mess have the power to stop any further fixing. Way to go, Massachusetts!

    January 19, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Ebson

    I am disappointed by the outcome of the elections. Whatever message they intented to send, it does not sit quite well with what Kennedy devoted his life to, the welfare of the poor and voiceless

    January 19, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Tissues... get your tissues HEE-YAH...

    January 19, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. chrisy

    I am from Mass and I feel sorry for Ted Kennedy legacy, but Reid, Pelosi and Obama cause this mess for not listing to us and treating us like garbage. I am in depended voter who voted for Obama, boy was I wrong. I had no choice but to vote for Brown to teach this 3 folks to LISTEN to US..

    January 19, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Honest Abe

    so... why vote overwhelmingly for Obama then vote in this senator to block everything the President does? Talk about stupid people. That was worse than Calif. Democrats helping to get rid of gray davis and voting in arnold schwarzeneggar. this country has some of the dumbest citizens.

    January 19, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. mikl

    great ,great. great. It's obama lost. Soon 2010 and 2012.

    January 19, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. from the land of OBAMMY

    He did nothing as a state senator except execute the same Chicago style politics as we are seeing now. His progressive agenda is dead and I am not sure they know it. They will after the midterms when the rest of the progressives/democrats meet their Waterloo from us "tea baggers." Any Republicans who want to join in on their non-responsiveness to the American public can be sent to pasture also!

    January 19, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. chris l

    3 Down, many many more to come....

    January 19, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Jimmy James

    The margin is big enough that they can't even cry the election was stolen in a state run by democrats. Let the excuses and blame fly. Democrats will be pushing each other in front of buses to distance themselves from this.

    January 19, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. I cant believe it

    I was flipping cable nes channels watching the election results.
    Fox , CNN and MSNBC.

    As I stopped at MSNBC, what did I hear from I beleive it was Howard Dean, he blamed GEORGE BUSH for the results. Really, he did. He actually said Bush was to blame for the bad mood in the country and that is why the Republican was winning.

    When are the Washington Democrats going to grow up. The people voted last November for change. They have not seen it, THAT is why the Dems lost. Stop blaming Bush.

    January 19, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Jerry

    The first defeat of many for the democrats. Maybe they'll learn something

    January 19, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Shelly

    Watching the Brown's party....see only white folks and tea partiers. NO brown, black or yellow folks. What's with that, Massachusetts?

    January 19, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. freddie

    Just one of many more to come.

    January 19, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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