Obama ally defeated in US senate race

Republican Scott Brown won a bitter U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts on Tuesday.

Obama ally defeated in US senate race

Republican Scott Brown won a bitter U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts on Tuesday, dealing a stunning blow to President Barack Obama's legislative agenda and casting doubt on the fate of his sweeping healthcare overhaul.

Brown's defeat of Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley robbed Democrats of the crucial 60th Senate vote they need to overcome Republican procedural hurdles and sent shudders of fear through Democrats facing tough races in November's congressional elections.

What once seemed an easy Democratic victory turned into a desperate scramble in the last few weeks as Brown surged ahead on voter fears over the economy, the healthcare reform bill and Obama's agenda.

Brown, a Massachusetts state senator, had promised to be the pivotal 41st Republican vote against the healthcare overhaul in the 100-member Senate.

"People don't want this trillion-dollar healthcare plan that is being forced on the American people," Brown told cheering supporters at a Boston hotel who chanted "41" and "Seat him now."

Brown's upset with 52 percent of the vote in heavily Democratic Massachusetts raised the specter of large losses for Democrats across the country in November and left Democrats scrambling to find answers.

"Anyone who has been out on the campaign trail has seen the anger," Coakley, who was criticized for running a weak campaign, told a room of dispirited supporters at a Boston hotel. "I am heartbroken at the result."

Obama, who won almost 62 percent of the state's vote in the 2008 presidential election, made a last-minute appeal in Massachusetts on Sunday to try to ignite enthusiasm for her campaign to replace the late Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democratic icon and longtime champion of healthcare reform.


Reuters


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