January 17th, 2010
04:22 PM ET
11 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. Peter A

    He believes she will do his bidding, period. What dunces are these Mass. voters who elected Edward Kennedy for 40 years? Time to grow up, girls!

    January 17, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. MikeS

    Nuthin else to do on a Sunday afternoon I guess.....why not burn a little gas and fly up to Boston

    January 17, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. gatelime

    Like Curly from the Three Stooges would say...Yuk Yuk Yuk...Too bad Obama...

    January 17, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. lifelong democrat

    Massachussetts special election is Referendum on Obama. Democrats can expect more of this in November. People are very angry. their anger is directed at Obama and the democratic controlled Congress and Senate. Abuse of power inflicted by democrats is unforgivable especially for thinking Americans – people using common sense, people looking for substance not style.

    January 17, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. CrazyNorm

    Intrade currently shows Brown at 61 & Coakley at 41, while not scientific, the current momentum is with Brown. I believe Health Care Reform is the driving force, followed by the thought people are a bit distrustful of the way the House and Senate have run things this past year. Yeah, I know the Dem's have run them together since 2006, but nobody cares.

    January 17, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Paul

    Obamas advisers should be telling him that the exemption for union workers from the health care tax is the last straw.

    I might have agreed that the healthcare bill was the right thing to do before that deal was made.

    Now, for the first time in my life, I feel like Im getting screwed by the government and theres nothing I can do about it.

    January 17, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. noname

    Let's hope there are no shenanigans and the count is legitimate and fair. Good luck, Mass! Do the right thing! Go Scott Brown!!

    January 17, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. lifelong democrat

    Obama's speech made it worse for Coakley by making fun of Scott Brown driving his old truck campaigning all over Massachussetts. Blue collar workers use their truck to go to work; Obama in that speech looked down on them. Obama has shown his elitism, what a shame. He did not help Coakley, it's the opposite.

    When you look down on people especially working men and women, they have the habit of turning around and punch you right in the mouth.

    January 17, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Chris

    The last statement from the White House spokesperson is exactly why people are fed up with politicians and Washington DC. They lie right to our face and then consider us dumb. Do they actually expect us to believe that blatant lie? Obama's only doing this for the 60th vote on health care. End of story. Well the people are letting them get away with it no more!

    January 17, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. PSK

    The Mass. election results now irrelevant. All Dems now see that the bluest state in Union at best can be held only with a full-court press. What's gonna happen to Dems that support Obama Nation where life ain't so Blue?

    January 17, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Cindi K

    I am hopeful Scott Brown will be the next Senator from Mass. We need some common sense in the Senate. It is obvious based on the backroom deals so far they need help to bring some balance in our government.

    January 17, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Mike....NJ

    Hold on folks, Massachusetts is only the beginning. The gig is up for the Pelosi – Reid Politburo.......The Marxist currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is going to bleed slowly for the next 3 years. It will be interesting to watch these Radical Leftists gag on their own vomit.

    Sad thing is that the majority of voters could not identify this Joker before they voted for him. We will be digging out of the mess he creates for a long time.....let's just hope we learn from this lapse of judgement!

    Obama makes Bush's mistakes seem very trivial in comparison!

    January 17, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. shouldhavevotedHILLARY

    And an MSNBC host says they should cheat so Brown doesn't win....

    January 17, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. burningtree

    I saw the Coakley/Obama rally thisafternoon, and saw something. I saw that Martha Coakley doesn't really want this job. She thought she could cakewalk into it, and when she learned that she had to work for it, she folded. Obama saw this too. It took him fifteen minutes to hit his stride, once TOTUS was turned on. He knows, too (you can see it) that she's done.

    January 17, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Myron

    Wow! Even if it is close, will Obama and Pelosi and Reid listen??

    Or will their arrogance take them over the cliff? Unbelievable!!!

    January 17, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Jerry King

    Let call it the Massachusetts miracle! ...Jerry king

    January 17, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Larry McEntire

    Never underestimate the American people for being dumb. They knew all about Obama and it didn't matter. They wanted CHANGE and they got it.

    She will probally win.

    January 17, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. mary

    Only time will tell, but everyone I know in my community and elsewhere i is voting for Scott Brown.....GO BROWN!!!!!

    January 17, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Ross M. Bagne

    The "Times they are a changin!" It is the best thing that can happen to the United States. If this is true, then it is the beginning of the rejection of a European Marxist/Socialist idea of a "Workers Paradise."

    This idea was dreamt up by Karl Marx, a 19 century pseudo-philosopher, It is fundamentally Anti-American. His ideas will never work in America. European Marxist/Socialists ideas are anti-thetical to American history and culture.

    HOPEFULLY, this will be the beginning of the end for socialism in the U.S. but we have a LONG LONG way to go. It will probably take a generation or two to clean up the mess that liberals have given us. But this is a start!


    Ross M. Bagn
    (Cheyenne, WY)

    January 17, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Steve

    Vote Scott Brown!!!

    January 17, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. mikke

    Not true. nice "reporting" CNN.

    January 17, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Ken

    Hahahahaha, all I can do is laugh at the fall of the Obama aganda. This administration is a joke and the American people are not laughing.

    January 17, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Randy

    The President's advisors are correct – I hope!
    The Democratic party has has taken a HUGE TURN to
    the LEFT, & they've left main stream America behind.
    Good luck, Mr. Brown!

    January 17, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. DJMelfi

    Ed, Ed, Ed I dont know what you said, said, said, He will, he wont, he might its tight. What is the point of this piece or press release

    I wonder.

    January 17, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. mario ca.


    January 17, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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