Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has been leading Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in all of the latest polling. Now, he’s received a major endorsement. But is that going to help his campaign, or hurt him?
Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine has announced her support for Brown’s reelection campaign, saying, “In an institution characterized by gridlock and partisanship, Scott Brown is a much-needed breath of fresh air. During the last two years, I have worked closely with Scott and have come to appreciate his independent spirit and bipartisan outlook.”
That could give him a boost among the Democratic and Independent voters of the state, who aren’t usually that found of the right wing extreme. One place it’s less likely to help? His support among those who donated to his campaign in 2010, especially the Tea Partiers who backed him financially in his special election to fill Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat. Among those Republicans, Snowe is about as popular as the Democrats themselves.
With both Brown and Warren pledging to try and keep special interest groups from running ads on their behalf, Brown could see the endorsement as a boon to his campaign, since conservative groups may want to cut him off anyway if he’s trying to position himself as the most progressive Republicans out there. The question now is if his voting record will match up with the “independent, bipartisan” image he’s trying to create before election day.
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