January 17th, 2010
04:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Sources: Obama advisers believe Coakley will lose

Washington (CNN) - Multiple advisers to President Obama have privately told party officials that they believe Democrat Martha Coakley is going to lose Tuesday’s special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy for more than 40 years, several Democratic sources told CNN Sunday.

The sources added that the advisers are still hopeful that Obama's visit to Massachusetts on Sunday - coupled with a late push by Democratic activists - could help Coakley pull out a narrow victory in an increasingly tight race against Republican state Sen. Scott Brown.

However, the presidential advisers have grown increasingly pessimistic in the last three days about Coakley's chances after a series of missteps by the candidate, sources said.

But White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN: "The President is in Massachusetts today because he believes Martha Coakley is the right person for the job and indeed will be the next senator from Massachusetts."

Updated: 5:18 p.m. with comment from Bill Burton

Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Brandon De Hoyos

    Awesome! 🙂 Scott Brown is the read deal, friends. Martha Coakley a.) Hates Christians, b.) is not firm about ANYTHING she stands for or against, c.) hates the Red Sox.

    Martha Coakley won the primary and suddenly thought she had won the entire race. Foolhardy progressive Coakley!

    January 17, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. bs

    I disagree, but what do I know.

    What I do know is that Brown is a regurgitated Romney offshoot who probably uses cialis.

    January 17, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. tom

    Names or it didn't happen.

    January 17, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. christine

    I can't believe the good people of MA would let The Kennedy Legacy end with a republican taking a seat that belonged to the best advocate for the people of MA. Don't you think this health care bill is part of Ted Kennedy's Legacy. Of course it is. Don't let Ted Kennedy's Dreams for Our Nation and for the State of Massachusetts die by voting in a republican who will only continue with the Bush Legacy.

    January 17, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Val in MA

    That says it all. It is over.

    Go Scott Brown, the next US Senator from MA!

    January 17, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Aimee

    I agree that Coakley will lose!

    January 17, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Darren

    Americans really need a big victory. Martha Coakley must be defeated. The current Congress and White House is so arrogant and a message needs to be sent them: YOU WORK FOR US. WE THE PEOPLE, DON’T WORK FOR YOU

    January 17, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. JP

    Obama has shown that the best way to do well by him is to be a trial lawyer or a union member, he has shown nothing but contemp for tax payers. Brown's victory will show that we are sick and tied of moving toward socialism. Obama speaks poisonous words about the banks that have paid back TARP funds plus interest but says nothing about the 50 billion in TARP funds used to prop up ancompetative UAW contract.

    January 17, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Barry went to Boston to push down the handle down on that democrat toilet

    January 17, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. jpspec

    This administration has had a serious hearing problem. After Scott Brown wins, he will send Obama a set of Hearing Aids.

    January 17, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Slobbering Liberal


    You libs couldn't handle "Power" for 1 year without screwing things up and having even massachussetts go GOP.

    Can't wait til 2010!!!

    January 17, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. KansasGirl

    My prayers are being answered.

    January 17, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. EWS

    Hard to even imagine how this happened!

    January 17, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. DivaBabe

    And why would any "Obama adviser" tell Ed Henry this?

    January 17, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Paul H

    Yes I'm sure they do believe that! But they are feeling the heat, and they are not liking it.

    January 17, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Hillbillicus

    Missteps by the Canidate? That is putting it lightly.

    January 17, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Fitz in Texas

    "Sources: Obama advisers believe Coakley will lose"......at last, he got something right.

    January 17, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Miriam

    Let's hope so. I can't afford to pay 1,000's of dollars to the insurance cartel out of my own middle income pocket.
    BTW, that's how they plan to "extend coverage" forcing you to buy insurance.

    January 17, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. anthony

    Hopefully they are wrong!

    January 17, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Daniel

    Scott Brown voter this is not the time to let up.

    January 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. JamesonLewis3rd

    There is no other reason for BHO to perform this intervention skit than for the opportunity to counsel Martha Coakley to seek Jesus Christ post-haste.

    January 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. JS007

    What a disaster. The Democrats need to get rid of the filibuster a.s.a.p.

    January 17, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. M. T.

    The real story is that Massachusetts may again lead the nation to take back our country from a corrupt administration.

    January 17, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Justin Egrow

    Wow, the degenerates over at DU are already calling the term 'obamster' racist. That sure didn't take long.

    January 17, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. malg64

    what a bunch of advising idiots.....

    January 17, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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