Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown comes out victoriously in the special election for the late Ted Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate. Yesterday, voters in the bay state went to the polls to determine whether Scott Brown, from Wrentham, MA or Martha Coakley, from North Adams, MA would be the one to fill the empty seat.
Brown triumphed over Coakley by a margin of 52 to 47%. Coakley lost by approximately 120,000 votes yesterday. The Coakley camp remained hopeful until the end because nobody knew which districts had been reported. If Suffolk County (the Boston area) had not been reported, there would have been hope to gain some ground because urban areas tend to go for the Democratic candidate.
It has yet to be determined what this will mean for Obama's healthcare reform bill, but we will find out in the next few weeks. Some Democrats are saying that this kills healthcare due to the fact that the Democrats have now lost their "supermajority" 60 senate seats. But others say that it is just another chance to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better bill for the people.