Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Coakley vs. Brown in Massachusetts

From Ms. magazine:

A new Rasmussen poll released yesterday shows Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, holding a slim two point lead over Republican nominee State Senator Scott Brown. Massachusetts has not elected a Republican US Senator since 1972. Coakley and Brown will face off in a special election on January 19.

The poll show that 77 percent of Democrats support Coakley and 88 percent of Republicans support Brown. Among independent voters, Brown is leading 71 to 23 percent. Last week a separate Rasmussen poll showed Coakley leading by 9 points.

Brown's victory would be terrible for the country. To be honest, I'm smelling sexism behind those figures for the Independents. Massachusetts has NEVER had a female Senator in the U.S. Congress, after all.