Massachusetts Upsets Democratic Apple Cart With Senate Election

01.20.10 | FL News Team

Democrats have lost their 60 vote super majority in the U.S. Senate. Republican Scott Brown has won the closely watched special election in Massachusetts collecting more votes than Democrat Martha Coakley. Coakley had held a double digit lead in polls until recently. The lead evaporated and her campaign called in the biggest gun they could find to try and save the effort. President Obama traveled to Boston to campaign for her. Brown succeeds the late Senator Edward Kennedy who held the Senate seat for 47-years until his death in August. If Coakley had won the election, Democrats would have maintained the 60 vote super majority that's allowed them to beat back any filibuster attempts by Republicans during debate over healthcare reform.