Massachusetts Upset Excites State GOP
Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, holds up a copy of the Boston Herald as he celebrates in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, after winning a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent and not related to the late Sen. Kennedy. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Republicans' upset Senate victory in Massachusetts has given California Republicans hope that they also can capitalize on voter frustration.
They have set their sights on Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is seeking a fourth term this year.
Democrats have a different point of view and say Boxer is a proven campaigner who will be ready for a rough-and-tumble general election in November.
All three GOP candidates seeking to unseat Boxer said Wednesday that Scott Brown's winning of the seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy signals deep voter discontent with Democrats.
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore says Republicans have a reason to be optimistic because Massachusetts voters are more liberal than in California.
Published at 6:05 PM PST on Jan 20, 2010
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