Networks Call Massachusetts Special Election for Scott Brown. Republican Wins Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat

By Chris Ariens Comment


At 9:21pmET, the Associated Press called the Massachusetts special election for the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat for Republican Scott Brown. Fox News, which was airing “Hannity” and MSNBC airing “The Rachel Maddow Show” have been going wall-to-wall with coverage and sourced the AP with the call. Bret Baier made the call on Fox News.

CNNMass_1.19.jpgAt 9:24pmET on CNN, Larry King interrupted a Dr. Sanjay Gupta live report from Haiti and tossed to Wolf Blitzer in Washington who called the race for Brown. John King and Jessica Yellin are reporting from Boston.

NBC’s Norah O’Donnell reported at 9:47pm that Pres. Obama phoned Scott Brown to congratulate him on his win.

At 9:54pm, Sean Hannity reported that Senate leader Harry Reid has recognized the win and announced that Brown “will be seated when the proper paperwork is received.”

Still to come tonight: at 10pmET on Fox News, two hours of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” live from Boston.

MSNBC will produce live hours of Countdown at 10pmET, Maddow at 11 and Hardball at Midnight. Maddow and Chris Matthews are in Boston.

After two hours of AC360, Larry King will return live at Midnight.

And ABC’s George Stephanopoulos heads back to Washington and will get the first post-special election interview with President Obama. The interview happens tomorrow and will air first on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

> More: In his acceptance speech, Brown said of his wife Gail, who is a reporter at ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston and was not allowed to campaign with him, “She didn’t stay neutral today. She actually voted for the winner!” Sen.-Elect Brown also said his two daughters were “available,” then clarified saying only Ayla (a former “American Idol” contestant) was available.