January 14th, 2010
06:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Massachusetts Senate race now a toss-up, analysts say

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Washington (CNN) – The Massachusetts Senate race between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown is now a tossup, according to two respected, non-partisan analysts.

The Cook Political Report, published by analyst Charlie Cook, and the Rothenberg Political Report, published by analyst Stuart Rothenberg, both said Thursday that the race between Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown to be a toss-up.

National political trends are playing a major role in the race, according to the Rothenberg Political Report.

"[T]his race has become about change, President Obama and Democratic control of all of the levers of power in Washington, D.C.," it said.

"This race call is one of the toughest we've had in a long time," the Cook Political Report said Thursday: While history suggests a Democratic win by Coakley, "the non-quantitative arguments are quite strong" in Republican Scott Brown's favor.

A non-partisan poll released this past weekend by The Boston Globe indicated that Coakley held a 15-point advantage over Brown, but other surveys, including several partisan polls, have suggested the race is much closer.

Voters go to the polls on January 19 in a special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. R in Maine

    That is silly. He is just stating his own perverted beliefs and the press is desperately confirming them without any evidence. I hope she does not just win, but kicks his rear end across the state line.

    January 14, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. stevegee

    Coakley is a mere puppet of The PropOganda Machine - and she's going to lose big time!

    The people of Massachusetts, and the rest of America, are fed up with Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of the liberal gang in Washington. We don't want Socialism. We want freedom and liberty.

    Go Scott go!

    January 14, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Denna

    If you want this country to continue moving forward, Martha Coakley is your best bet.

    January 14, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. bennie new york

    If a Senate race in Massachusetts is a dead heat, then the Democrats are in big trouble come November.

    January 14, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. gary davis harbor oregon

    more republican propaganda about it being a toss- up .. Coakley will win unless most of the people voted are instantly stupid LOL

    January 14, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    Go Brown Go!!! Coakley is the Sarah Palin of the Democrat party after her "there are no terrorists in Afghanistan, they are in Yemen". If you vote for Coakley, you may as well vote for Sarah Palin...

    January 14, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. James D. Pierce

    Go Martha, Ted would roll over in his grave if we had some pomme republican bastard take the lead chair for the Democratic State of Massachussets. Paddies everywhere would be crying in the porthers and lorne begora we'd all start becoming wee protestants too.

    January 14, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. southern cousin

    That in itself is a victory. I notice that like a typical liberal, Coakley carries her own thugs with her to beat up the press should they ask an embarassing question. I think Obama used union thugs during his lying campaign.

    January 14, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. James A.


    Think, before you blow it for everybody!

    January 14, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Helmut Scheiss

    Awesome. The Dems are going to pay for their arrogance and inefficiency. Can't wait until November when Harry Reid, sitting Majority leader gets trounced.

    January 14, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. IVOTE

    Not to keen on electing a nude model to the senate, especially one who has stated he will be the 41st vote for the republicans who wish to derail this presidency. Sounds like a threat to the country.

    January 14, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. ib

    I sincerely hope Brown wins. We need to stop this out of controll spending and the far left agenda that Obama and the democrats are ramming down peoples throats.

    January 14, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Joyce Grant

    Scott Brown is the best candidate and he has an excellent chance to win!!!

    January 14, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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