Brown looks to pull off huge upset in Massachusetts

"I don't think it is particularly the president. I don't think it is particularly Coakley. I think it is the direction that this country is taking. We need to send a message to the people. The people are very angry," independent voter Denis Fitzgerald said.

(CNN) — Democrats are scrambling to hold onto the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in a surprisingly close race in Massachusetts that could imperil President Obama’s agenda.

Polls published in the last week of the race show Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley in a dead heat, worrying Obama and Democrats about the possibility of losing what once was considered one of their safest seats.

A Brown victory would give Senate Republicans the votes to stop the health care bill — and the rest of the president’s agenda — through a filibuster, a tactic they employed after Democrats took control of Congress after the 2006 elections. However, they have been unable to use that tactic after Democrats gained their 60-vote majority in the Senate in 2008.

“I want to be the person to go down there and send the health care [bill] back to its drawing board, so they can do it better,” Brown said. “And when they’re talking about raising your taxes and they’re talking about raising the debt ceiling and they’re talking about all those things, at least we can debate it in a transparent manner, not behind closed doors.”

Obama dashed to Boston on Sunday to try to rally voters for Coakley, the state’s attorney general.

“If you were fired up in the last election, I need you more fired up in this election,” he said at a campaign event.  More…

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