Will there be a “Massachusetts miracle” for Republicans?

Posted Jan. 17, 2010, at 3:45 p.m.

Late tonight, the winner in the Massachusetts special U.S. Senate election likely will be declared. The election is to fill the remainder of the unexpired term of the late Ted Kennedy. Republicans are hoping their candidate, Scott Brown, will upset the Democrat

Martha Coakley. If Mr. Brown wins in this Democratic stronghold, what does that presage for the November mid-term Congressional elections? If Ms. Coakley wins, what might the margin be for the GOP to claim a moral victory? What must happen on the national and international scene for Democrats to stem the historical loss of seats in Congress in the first election after the White House changes hands? Unemployment rates of 8 percent of less? Increased consumer confidence? A turn-around in Afghanistan?

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