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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