The Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election has gotten tighter, but the general dynamics remain the same.The trend Line:
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley attracting 49% of the vote while her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, picks up 47%.
A week ago, the overall results showed Coakley leading by a 50% to 41% margin. The closeness of the race in heavily Democratic Massachusetts has drawn increasing national interest, and Brown made it clear in the final candidate debate last night that a vote for him is a vote to stop the national health care plan Democrats are pushing in Congress.Massachusetts went on their own during the Romney administration, and their Health Care experiment isn't doing all that great:
Massachusetts is struggling to keep the state's groundbreaking coverage program running. Against a massive budget shortfall, lawmakers are planning to cut about 30,000 legal, taxpaying immigrants out of the system, which requires nearly everyone in the state to have health insurance coverage.I have to believe the tightness in the race may be due to the apprehension the citizens of the state have to go with national health care reform, after enduring what they have. You would think since the GOP Governor at the time is taking some of the heat for that, they would hold Coakley harmless. Also, with their unconditional support of Kennedy. and his of the current plan, you would also think it would be such a main issue. I think it is.
Whalen said the state health care plan did not have a sufficient revenue stream from the start, and that Romney could face sharp criticism for that from fiscal conservatives in a 2012 Republican primary.
Less then a week to go. The Dems can't afford to lose this one, but maybe the country can. Would mean that two sides would have to start talking, again, and that is all I ever wanted during this process.