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Mass. Senate Race is a Sign of Things to Come

The election of Republican Scott Brown to the Senate seat held for decades by Sen. Edward Kennedy dealt a huge blow to the Democratic Party and its ambitious legislative agenda.

Despite the fact that Democratic candidate Martha Coakley waged a poor campaign and the state and national parties were nonchalant during the election process, this loss can be seen as voter discontent with the White House. This was the third such defeat for the Obama Administration, which in the fall lost two gubernatorial seats—in New Jersey and Virginia—to the Republican Party.