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Up and down the ballot, GOP is dreaming big
Boston Globe ^ | 10/30/2010 | Frank Phillips

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 state’s 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 state’s 10 congressional seats, and in dozens of legislative districts.

In many respects, Tuesday will be a test of whether Scott Brown’s victory in the January election to fill Edward M. Kennedy’s 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 Tuesday’s 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 don’t 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 don’t 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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: frank; gop; massachusetts; patrick
I don't think it's necessarily going to be a case of how goes Massachusetts so goes the rest of the country but these results will be in at the beginning of the night and it's going to be interesting to see if the tidal wave starts here.
1 posted on 10/30/2010 9:09:41 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

Vote straight Republican!

2 posted on 10/30/2010 9:47:02 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

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3 posted on 10/30/2010 11:48:29 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Saije

Here is one more ‘safe’ seat in jeopardy.

9th Congressional District race growing tighter
Bergmann a tougher fight than Cohen anticipated

4 posted on 10/31/2010 6:41:29 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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5 posted on 10/31/2010 10:27:23 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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