The latest news from the state of Massachusetts apparently shows a tightening race to replace John Kerry in the Senate. The White House is certainly acting like they believe it’s a real trend: they’re sending surrogates and working to boost turnout among complacent Democrats (naturally, the DSCC’s also going nuts on the email fundraising side).
The last time a Republican and a Democrat faced off in a high-profile Senate special election in Massachusetts, things didn’t work out so well for the Dems: Scott Brown cleaned Democrat Martha Coakley’s clock. And while Markey doesn’t seem to be repeating Coakley’s biggest mistakes (he didn’t go on vacation after the primary, for a start), it’s still useful to look back at what happened in 2010. Below are a couple of roundup articles (with links to a bunch of relevant articles across the web) and
three four pieces published here on Epolitics.com. Enjoy.
Link roundup articles:
- More on Scott Brown and Internet Politics (1/19/2010)
- More Brown/Coakley Online Politics Post-Mortems (1/21/2010)
- Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Insurgency Shows How Online Organizing Has Shifted the Political Calculus
- In Defense of Martha Coakley’s New Media Team (by Henri Makembe)
- The Online Strategy Behind Scott Brown’s Victory, Plus Details on His Massachusetts Moneybomb
- Scott Brown Used Google for Field Organizing, Not Just Advertising