January 19th, 2010
08:38 PM ET
12 years ago

King: Stakes are high for Democrats in Massachusetts

Boston (CNN) – The stakes are high for Democrats in Massachusetts, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King reports.

"This was Teddy Kennedy's seat for more than 46 years," King said Tuesday shortly after polls closed.

Kennedy was "perhaps the best known liberal in the United States. Just 14 months ago, President Obama carried this state by more than 25 points over John McCain. And yet the people of Massachusetts could send a message tonight by sending a Republican to Washington to replace Ted Kennedy."

Republican Scott Brown has campaigned on the theme of being the 41st vote Senate Republicans need to scuttle Democratic plans to pass health care reform legislation.

"It has been more than 30 years since there has been a Republican United States senator from the state of Massachusetts," King said. Republicans "believe that in just a few hours they may have a victorious candidate who will reshape politics not only in this state's politics but the dynamics in Congress and, without a doubt, the dynamic in this early month – the first month of the midterm election year."

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  1. Ted:Canada

    VERY SAD – poor Kennedy – gave his heart and soul only to be stabbed in the back.

    This is not about politics – 15% of the vote against this lady was an anti – black vote


    After what the republicans did for 8 years – no intelligent person would go there.

    They call themselves ‘independents’ but that is code for “anti black”

    Obama – God Bless you and keep up the good work – don’t quit and keep moving forward!

    From a “white” Canadian

    PS Obama if we find these American racists in CANADA – we will strip search them and then sell them to the fur trade. Nobody will find them again unless they buy a leather coat and recognize the pimple…

    January 19, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. TexasJack

    Yeah well Teddy's reign of terror was 41 years too long. The MA people are waking up. They don't have to take it any longer. The day of Kennedys is finally overwith. The m,u.r.d.e.r.s will finally cease and dirty politics will disappear. Republicans are coming to the state.

    January 19, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |

    Just a reminder - Senate or House seats in the Congress of the United States belong to the PEOPLE of the several states. NOT to any one person however long they have been in office. Maybe now someone will come up with term limits for both houses of the U. S. Congress

    January 19, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. buzz

    Thanks to all the Massachusetts voters for your Republican vote today!! That certainly is a real slap in the face to Ted Kennedy, who worked so hard for the people of Massachusetts for 46 years!! I could bet some of you who voted were not even born when he first was elected a Senator! And I'm sure there are MANY OF YOU, who thanks to Ted Kennedy, are benefiting from the American Disabilities Act, health care when you were and/or perhaps you are still a poor person, and healthcare for your young children was a top priority on Ted Kennedy's list of help for your Commonwealth!! And that is only the tip of the ice berg when it comes to all of the service he provided the Massachusetts people!!

    And now the "fun" begins in this 21st Century, where the MEDIA, THE PUNDITS, AND THE GOP, ALL BEING THE POWER OF NO, continue their quest to keep America divided! As the old saying goes, UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL!! ONLY TIME WILL TELL!!!!

    January 19, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |