With 75 percent of precincts reporting, State Senator Scott Brown is leading Attorney General Martha Coakley 53 percent to 46 percent in the special election for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat. Associated Press is calling the race for Brown. Brown is right now taking Coakley's concession call.
The implications of the special election for the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy have been widely discussed already, and you can get previous Reason coverage on: the poor campaign Coakley mounted; the hypocrisy of apologists for Coakley's career as a prosecutor; the real but convoluted reasons the election outcome may doom the Obamacare bill; the post-Coakley blame game among Democrats; the view from the crazies in the streets; and why women will vote for a naked man even when they can't quite see what he's packing.
Where do we go from here? I didn't think there was any way the Democrats wouldn't pull this out at the last minute. But I also have never believed Obamacare would pass. So like Kenny Rogers, I'm happy to break even.