Skip to comments.Up and down the ballot, GOP is dreaming big
Posted on 10/30/2010 9:09:40 PM PDT by Saije
Barraged for months with attack ads, competing messages from the candidates, dizzying poll numbers, and head-turning news of drama, mutiny, scandal, and sheer silliness on the campaign trail, Massachusetts voters will finally deliver an answer to the question of the political year on Tuesday.
Will the states Republicans finally rise from the dead?
Not since 1990, when fiscal and political chaos gripped Beacon Hill, has such potential existed for major Republican gains up and down the ticket. For the first time in years, the party is making spirited challenges for statewide constitutional offices, several of the states 10 congressional seats, and in dozens of legislative districts.
In many respects, Tuesday will be a test of whether Scott Browns victory in the January election to fill Edward M. Kennedys Senate seat was a fluke, or the beginnings of a more sustained shift.
Leaders in both parties are seeing what they want to see in the run-up to Tuesdays vote.
It feels a lot like 1990, said former governor Paul Cellucci, who, as the running mate to William F. Weld that year, was at the forefront of the political upheaval that challenged Democrats long-standing grip on state political offices. The mood definitely favors the Republicans.
He added, I dont get a sense of any change in the mood since January when Brown won.
But US Representative Michael Capuano, the Somerville Democrat who is unopposed this year, predicts that Democrats in Massachusetts may be spared from any tidal wave nationally.
At the moment, I dont feel a deep seismic shift coming, he said. I do think the typical sea of blue will be one shade lighter, but there will not be any major shift.
However the results break this week, one thing seems clear: Interest in the election is high.
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