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Despite Last-minute Pitch From President Obama, Martha Coakley Lags In Special Election Polls

January 19, 2010 by  

Despite last-minute pitch from President Obama, Martha Coakley lags in special election pollsAlthough President Obama showed up in person over the weekend to support her candidacy for the U.S. senate, opinion polls persistently show Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is trailing her opponent in the run-up to the special election on Tuesday.

A Public Policy Polling Survey released Sunday showed Republican candidate Scott Brown, currently a state senator, is leading by 51-46 percent. Moreover, polls from Suffolk University, the Merriman River Group and the American Research Group also show Brown ahead by between three and 10 percentage points, according to

The numbers were released after Obama made an impassioned plea to the state’s voters at Northeastern University in Boston, saying major issues of the day, such as healthcare reform, were at stake.

"Understand what’s at stake here, Massachusetts," Obama said. "It’s whether we’re going forward or going backwards. It’s whether we’re going to have a future where everybody gets a shot in this society, or just the privileged few."

Obama also asserted that Brown would represent a return to policies pursued during the Bush administration.

The special election will be held on January 19. If Brown prevails over Coakley, the Democrats will lose their supermajority in the Senate, and it will become easier for the GOP to sustain a filibuster and block legislation.

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  • DaveH

    “just the privileged few”? Obama calls the people who made the sacrifices and did the hard work “privileged”? I don’t think so. The privileged people are the people (government) who get to ride on the coattails of the real producers.

  • David

    He picked on the Brown’s pickup truck too…..he just isn’t very smart is he?

  • Tinwarble

    Well I guess that reverse “Midas Touch” is really working for Obama. What will this be for Obama, 4 out of 4 loses? He goes to Virgina to stump for the governors race and gets a big – NADA, he goes to New Jersey to give a hand to Corzine and gets a big – ZILCH. Then he goes to Copenhagen to try and get the Olympics for Chicago and comes back with a – I DON’T THINK SO.

    Hey, here’s one for you conspiracy nuts, perhaps Obama is just a shill for Republicans! Well, I guess if Coakley looses it want be Obama’s fault, he’ll just blame it on that evil George Bush, or maybe it well be his telepromters fault for making him say the wrong things. You know, maybe that’s why his been pushing so hard for Health Care, because his going to need it from having his a$$ handed to him so many times.

    • Harold Olsen

      The message it sends to me is that if you are a left-wing candidate and you want to LOSE the election have Obama come in and campaign for you. He is the kiss of death for campaigns. People have seen how our fuhrer is destroying our country and they are fed up with it and him. If he’s for something then they’re against it and him. Only the hardcore Obama groupies will support him no matter what he says and does. Idiots like Bob Bekel would support and find some way to justify it if Obama declared himself dictator of the United States for life. People like him are so blind that as far as they are concerned Obama can do no wrong.

  • Robert

    10 minutes before polls in MA close. Will be interesting to see the final outcome.

  • Robert

    It’s 7:50 P.M on the east coast.

  • Robert

    That’s where Massachusetts is for you liberals out there.

    • Jana

      The AP has called the race for Brown. Yippee. I have heard though Obama is even more determined to push this Health Care Fiasco through. He is desperate, especially after having paid off the unions with being exempt from any taxes concerning this.
      Obama is evil and a schemer.

  • Palin12

    HAPPY DAYS ARE HERRRREEEEEE AGAIN it’s another bad day for the democrats. Scott Brown wins! Hey Barack, how does it feel man? Everyone you come out and campaign for loses! Can’t wait for you to come back out here to Nevada to campaign for Dirty Harry Reid again. Champagne anyone?

    • usmadgirl

      Palin 12,

      Oh my gosh! You must be as ashamed to have Dirty Harry from your state as we are to have Al I’m-loaded-from-the-Global-Warming-hoax-no-it’s-cooling-off-so-I’d-better-change-it-to-Climate-Change Gore!

      I’m so thankful Scott Brown won. Glenn Beck said to watch out if he did, because the Progressive Machine would put the accelerator on tomorrow! I wonder what evil concoction they’ll have “brewing” behind closed doors to keep Senator Brown from being seated to get their “health control” death bill passed anyway?

      One Progressive down, hundreds more to go! This is like “pickin’ buzzards off a fence…one at a time!

      • Michael J.

        Nice analogy, “pickin buzzards of a fence”. I like that.

        • usmadgirl

          Michael J,

          Thanks! Buzzards were the first things that came to mind…picking the meat off our bones a little more every day. I could’ve probably come up with some worse analogies but I’m trying to “keep it clean”!

      • Palin12

        We have an impersonator in Vegas that does a great Al Gore. You ought to hear him, you’d crack up. He has that real ivory tower intellectual kind of voice and mannerisms, if you know what I mean. Cheers!

        • usmadgirl


          I know exactly what you mean! I’m just not sure if I could stomach the impersonator if he’s that good, because Al makes me barf! Just kidding (not about Al making me barf, but not being able to watch the impersonator)! I met him when he was running for Senator in TN. He was goofy then, but not quite as much so then as now!

          That’s funny tho, that somebody would think to impersonate that lying, conniving, arrogant, cartoon character who has helped to suck to whole world into his ‘global warming’ lie!

    • Jana

      We can’t rest on our laurels yet. there is still too much work to do and we must be vigilant. Obama still has tricks up his sleeve and I still don’t trust him or his tactics.

  • Tinwarble

    Oh No! What happened Mr. Bill! After 47 yrs. the dynasty has fallen and it can’t get up.

  • Fed Up Gal in NM

    I am a registered republican (who votes for the person I feel represents my values)…if I were a Massachusettsianian (is that proper reference?…LoL), I would be elated and even though I’m not from there…I’m still elated.

    I believe we should now let all Democrats in Washington know that they really are on a much shorter leash now….but we should also let all the Republicans in Washington know that they better not become arrogant and forget what was accomplished tonight….they better heed a similar warning…and take special note of Senator’s Brown’s comment…”It’s not their individual seats…it’s not the Democrats or Republicans’ seats….It’s the Peoples’ seat(s)”.

    My concern is…If the Republicans don’t keep their arrogance in check…we’ll be going through this again and again and again! We must stay vigilent to ensure “we the people” regain and maintain our “Seats”.

    God Save the USA and Massachusetts :-)
    Fed Up Gal

    • Jana

      Fed Up Gal, you are so right. We have to keep awake and watch them all. After all, we are their employers, and when the boss is away the employees take time off, give themselves pay raises and try to become our dictators.
      Also, the people that support Obama are very radical people and he has to please them, so this isn’t over yet. Obama is a slick one and we need to stay up on the political ongoings in Washington. We have just won a battle, not the war.

  • Robert

    Taking that famous line from the King Kong movie. ” Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes, It was beauty that killed the beast!”. Fast forward to today, ” Oh no, it wasn’t Coaxley, It was Democratic Arrogance that lost the race!”.

  • JeffH

    In true, predictable fasion, the liberal fingerpointing has started. They can’t blame Bush or Cheyney for this so they have started blaming each other. Gotta love it, the truest sign of a loser!


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