No matter how tonight’s Massachusetts Senate election turns out, it already is much harder to spin from the Democratic perspective, as simply the reality of a close race in a state Barack Obama won by 26 points a year ago is a cause for alarm.
Republican candidate Scott Brown has already won on one front: social media. According to CNN.com:
As of Monday morning, Republican Scott Brown has 76,538 fans on his Facebook page. With polls opening in less than 24 hours, Democrat Martha Coakley has 14,441 fans.
On Twitter, Brown has 10,187 followers compared to Coakley’s 3,514 followers. The total uploaded views for Brown’s YouTube videos are 578,271 versus 51,173 for Coakley.
UPDATE: Coakley conceded to Brown at 9:20p.m. ET.