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2010: It's Coakley vs. Brown

CONNECTICUT: CQ Politics notes, "The health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats may prove to be somewhat less of a problem [for Sen. Chris Dodd] than it is for many other incumbents. In Connecticut, voters are almost evenly divided: 48 percent favor the plan, while 51 percent oppose it." 
 
ILLINOIS: While the AFL-CIO did endorse Democrat Alexi Giannoulias for Senate, it "opted not to endorse in the Democratic governor's race, a blow to Gov. Pat Quinn and a potential help to rival Comptroller Dan Hynes, who isn't hurt by a decision of neutrality ahead of the Feb. 2 primary," the Chicago Tribune reports. 
 
KENTUCKY: In addition to one of NY Comptroller Bill Thompson's advisers, Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway has hired Mandy Grunwald, a former strategist for both Bill and Hillary Clinton. Conway's primary opponent Dan Mongiardo released a statement on President Obama's address on jobs, in which he lauds Obama's plans to invest in infrastructure but adds that "in any jobs proposal, we must make sure real jobs are created and we must make sure Kentucky gets its fair share of jobs and federal dollars." 
 
MASSACHUSETTS: "Attorney General Martha Coakley won a four-way race for the Democratic nomination, while state Sen. Scott Brown bested a perennial candidate to win the Republican nomination," the AP writes. Coakley won with 47% of the vote, followed by 28% for Rep. Michael Capuano, 13% for City Year co-founder Alan Khazei and 12% for Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca. "Coakley's win was her first step toward becoming the first female senator from Massachusetts, a state otherwise known for its liberal political tradition." Turnout was even lighter than expected, around 10%. 
 
The Boston Globe: "Coakley easily captured the Democratic nomination for the US Senate last night and took a giant step toward smashing the state's political glass ceiling, as she parlayed her straightforward style and strong appeal among women into an overwhelming victory against a trio of male opponents." Coakley would not only be the first female senator from Massachusetts, but the first female even nominated by either party. (How about these random facts: Pagliuca poured in more than $7.6 million of his own money in this race. And Brown, whom Coakley will face in the Jan. 19th general election, is a former Cosmo centerfold model and father of an American Idol contestant.)