Just how historic is a Republican Victory in Massachusetts?

There hasn’t been a Class 1 (Senior Senator) Republican Senator in the Massachusetts delegation since Henry Cabot Lodge Junior. The seat which Scott Brown will soon occupy has been held from 1963 up until his death by Edward Kennedy. Before that, it was occupied by Benjamin Smith, who succeeded JFK into the seat when he became President in 1961.  JFK got the seat in 1953. Now, Edward Brooke (R) held the Class 2 (Junior) seat until 1978, after which Paul Tsongas (D) 1984, when he was replaced with the Junior Senator in that seat to this day, John F Kerry. All ten of Mass’s Representatives have been Democrats since 1997. This has been for decades a strongly Democratic state in Congress.

This is a big deal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_party_strength_in_Massachusetts

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