March 9, 2010

IT'S NOT JUST THE BERRIES THAT ARE RED:

Scott Brown's Reinforcements (W. James Antle, III , 3.9.10, American Spectator)

Cape Cod has historically been a rare Republican enclave in Massachusetts. Even John F. Kennedy won only Provincetown. Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to sweep the Cape. But in this year's special election for U.S. Senate, Republican Scott Brown painted those towns (save Provincetown) red again.

That may not be where it ends. Last week, Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) announced he was retiring rather than running for re-election this fall -- maybe due to his handling of a 1986 case involving University of Alabama-Huntsville shooter Amy Bishop, maybe not. In any event, this is Massachusetts' most conservative congressional district. Scott Brown carried it January with more than 60 percent of the vote. [...]

Delahunt's tenth district contains what political analyst Robert David Sullivan dubbed "Cranberry Country" -- the Republican-leaning areas of the Cape and South Shore -- in his landmark study of the Massachusetts electorate. This region gave 54 percent of the vote to Bill Weld in 1990, 59 percent to Paul Cellucci in 1998, and 60 percent to Mitt Romney in 2002. (The 1994 and 2006 gubernatorial elections were not competitive.) This November, there will be another gubernatorial election and the Democratic incumbent is unpopular.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2010 6:54 AM
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