03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Martha Coakley Blamed By Dems For Close Race In Massachusetts

Massachusetts isn't the likeliest backdrop for Republicans to begin their long climb back to a Senate majority. Democrats control both of the state's U.S. Senate seats, the governorship, all 10 House seats and wide majorities in the state legislature.


While Democrats acknowledge that the national environment isn't doing Coakley any favors -- particularly among independent and unaffiliated voters -- many blame her for the sudden competitiveness of the contest. "To avoid handing the Republicans bragging rights for making it a competitive race, she's got to turn it up a notch and remind voters why it is they elect Democrats in Massachusetts and why she's the change agent in the race," said one senior Democratic strategist in the state, speaking on the condition of anonymity to offer a candid assessment of Coakley's candidacy.

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