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MA-Sen: The Coakley Difference

January 20, 2010 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

BOSTON — This, from the Boston Globe, provides a little evidence of how Democratic candidate Martha Coakley’s lackluster campaign (not even the people attacking national Democrats fro blaming this on her disagree about that) created the space for Republican Scott Brown’s 52-47 victory.

Coakley fared best in liberal suburbs immediately west of Boston, the Berkshires, and in cities such as Lawrence, Springfield, and New Bedford, though not by the large margins required to win statewide.

That’s the kind of thing that could have been reversed had Coakley campaigned aggressively in those areas, in the style of a presidential primary — even as she lost ground in the swing suburbs.

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