Massachusetts Senate race within reach for Republican 

There hasn’t been much polling on the January 19 special election to fill Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, but pollster Scott Rasmussen has just weighed in with a survey showing Democratic nominee Attorney General Martha Coakley leading Republican state Senator Scott Brown by a 50%-41% margin. That’s a pretty close margin in a state that Barack Obama carried 62%-36%; Coakley is barely at the magic number of 50% and Rasmussen reports that Brown is within 2% of Coakley among those absolutely certain to vote. As I wrote last Wednesday, this race is potentially winnable for Republicans, a conclusion also reached by Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics and Patrick Ruffini on The Next Right. It would be political malpractice if the National Republican Senatorial Committee fails to pump in significant sums of money in the two weeks before the election. Brown has been running some nifty ads, including one with footage of John F. Kennedy supporting tax cuts.

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