January 19th, 2010
09:35 PM ET
8 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.

Filed under: Scott Brown
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Seriously, Left

    I hope this is a wake up call for all the liberals in congress. Stop ignoring the American people or your next.

    January 19, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. New Yorker


    January 19, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Mike

    Looks like hate filled left wing fundamentalist progressives got a good spanking this evening.

    January 19, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Votedforthewrongperson

    This was bound to happen. This is the peoples anger against Obama renegading on all election promises.

    January 19, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. cmoore

    Turn out the lights... The (Democratic) Party is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Barack! lol ha ha hah

    January 19, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. GB

    What a disgraceful state.

    January 19, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Tire of Stupidity

    So now that Brown is in and works for the People of the Commonwealth of Mass. is he going to push for the public option, since most people in Mass wanted a public option?

    January 19, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Take That

    The PEOPLE have spoken. NO SOCIALISTIC HEALTH CARE IN OUR COUNTRY! If the politicians do not stop with this major loss, they are headed for a catastrophe! The angry mob rules! "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine." Thomas Jefferson

    January 19, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Todd in PA

    The Peoples Republic of Mass. elected a Republican? Can you say canary in the coal mine...

    January 19, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. TRUTH

    mr. brown & the gop should thank oprah ,if Hilary was in this would've been a landslide for the DEM . USA is still better off with the DEMS in power

    January 19, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. Lilarose in Oregon

    will be sending out all my emails with a signature line that asks people to boycott Massachusetts as a vacation spot this coming year.

    The people of Mass. have betrayed Senator Ted Kennedy's career-long effort to get decent health care for all Americans.

    Sen. Brown says he doesn't want decent health care for all Americans and he will vote it down.

    Sen. Brown will now enjoy the best health care available in the US as a member of Congress, paid for by taxpayers.

    January 19, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. ICARE

    That's great!

    Now we get to watch if you repeatedly VOTE to help corporate welfare or you vote for real change to make America, a better place.

    Cant wait for the DONKEYS to publish that wonderful voting record

    January 19, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    The Obama fairy tail is all over. The only question is if he and Pelosi and Reid know it. My guess is they will continue to live in their fantasy until they are voted out of office in 2010 and 2012.

    January 19, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Zac Sanford

    This once again proves that the dumbest creature in all of America is the independent voter. Let's vote democrat, no wait, how about republican. Seriously, if the independent voter really wants change, vote for a third party candidate, not a redo of the Bush Administration. What a crock. No one really wants change, just the status quo. Then we can complain when nothing is changed.

    January 19, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Oscart Pukt

    America is angry. America is sick and tired of Obama's ego, arrogance, and elitist crap. The people know what's best for themselves. The people don't need or want over-educated liberal neo-communists telling us they know what's best for us.

    The people don't want Obama's audacity or change. I'll bet Obama blames this loss on George W. Bush. I'll bet Obama blames the Haitian earthquake on Geroge W. Bush.

    Obama, just go away.

    January 19, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Debby

    This is fantastic news. Coakley ruined it for the Dems. with being to confident.

    January 19, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Seamas de Faoite

    As an Irish observer from afar, I am deeply saddened by the choice of the people of Massachusetts. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy did so much to help us in Northern Ireland and the ordinary people of America, tonight's result is an insult to his memory and all his hard work over many decades.

    January 19, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. Jimmy D.

    Thank goodness for the common sense people of Mass voting for Scott Brown. The DEMS will run like cockroaches.

    January 19, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Predicta

    Massachusetts voters have saved this nation from disaster.
    We owe each Scott Brown voter a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. This history changing election will serve to change the misguided direction this country is going. Let this be a message to those democrats in the house and senate who plan to force a horrible bill into a terrible law, at the expense of the American people. We're watching you and you will be held accountable in November 2010.

    January 19, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. me

    Next stop 2010, then Palin 2012....:)

    January 19, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    If Martha put 5% more into her campaigning it might have made a difference!!! And it's true – the SEAT was not Ted Kennedy's it was the PEOPLES and Martha thought she had it!!!

    We will get it together before November and we must work FOR THE PEOPLE!!! Now let's see if the WH takes notes!!

    January 19, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Cris

    People have a short memory. All I have to say is "Vote Republican. Suffering builds character".

    January 19, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. alphonso

    i am a supporter of obama.i blame pres obama for her lost in massachusett i hate 2 say it he got 2 work wit the republicans

    January 19, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. Razorback

    Talk about a shot heard 'round the world!

    January 19, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. Robert


    How is it people in only one year forget what Republicans did to this country?

    Liberals are notoriously spineless. One year into it and they throw up gridlock... because they are nervous about healthcare. It's a sad state of affairs when the lies and fearmongering of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies can scare voters in Massachusetts into voting in a Republican.

    What next? Are you dummies going to vote for Palin in 2012? I wouldn't be surprised.


    January 19, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
1 2 3