How does a special election in Massachusetts, one of the bluest states around, go from a slam dunk to a nail-biter? One word: enthusiasm. Republicans have it. Democrats don’t.
The newest Rasmussen Poll has it a two-point race, Coakley 49, Brown 47, a virtual dead-heat, down from a nine-point margin last week. The poll shows Brown with an enormous lead among independents:
Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Brown leads 71% to 23%. To be clear, this lead is among unaffiliated voters who are likely to participate in the special election.
Coakley was in Washington today at a fund-raiser staged for her by fat-cat health-care lobbyists. Jim Geraghty at NRO’s Campaign Spot reports:
My spy passes along word that Coakley herself fired up the crowd with this inspiring line: “If I don’t win, 2010 is going to be hell for Democrats… Every Democrat will have a competitive race.”
Her defeat was also described as “Waterloo for health care.”
It is alleged a Coakley goon knocked down a Weekly Standard reporter who tried to ask her a question outside. The reporter’s account and a video are here.
Coakley has not been having a good week. The Democratic candidate who maintained there are no terrorists left to pursue in Afghanistan was reported by the Herald today to be cracking down as state attorney general on ladies’ garden clubs.
Memeorandum has comprehensive coverage of the race.
A colleague said she was out at the debate on Monday night and heard a Teamster holding a sign for Coakley say he’d been paid to do so — but also that he planned to vote for Brown.
Miss Kelly writes: My Husband’s Hockey Playing Friends Are All Voting for Scott Brown.
Doug Flutie is, too.
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