POSTED: Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:02am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:35pm
Republican Scott Brown won the senate seat that Ted Kennedy held for many years in a major upset in reliably Democratic Massachusetts, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell has the latest.
Politically unthinkable only weeks ago, Massachusetts delivered the upset of upsets. Republican Scott Brown described his momentum fueled victory as a warning shot to Washington and the Democrats in charge. First to feel that sting, was Democrat Martha Coakley who tumbled from being seen by voters as inevitable to out of touch in just days. Heartbroken, Coakley steeled herself for the Democrats blame game. Among her many thank yous, a wincing reminder for Democrats that her defeat is the President's too.
The President's 11th hour stop for Coakley put his own political wattage on the line and he took a few shots at Brown's often seen pickup truck. Brown ran and won promising to put the brakes on the President's health care reform.