Republican Brown wins Senate seat, endangering Obama’s health care plan

In a major upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown has ridden a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a US Senate election that left President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.

The loss Tuesday by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president’s party in elections this fall.

More immediately, Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the Republicans to block the president’s health care legislation and the rest of Obama’s agenda.

With 87 per cent of precincts counted, Brown led Coakley, 52 per cent to 47 per cent .

 

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