WORCESTER – They're hoping for a change in momentum.
Delegates crowding the DCU Center today for the state Democratic convention are looking to turn the tide, after a surprising victory by a Republican in the US Senate special election in January and the rise of the Tea Party movement.
"I think the momentum has switched. You can feel it," said Jack O’Halloran of Waltham, as he sat against a wall and watched the convention unfold. "I think you're seeing an atmosphere that’s more upbeat, because people have this opportunity to talk to one another and it’s a wakeup call."
Helen Corbett, of Middleton, called it an "affirmation" of the party. With little drama on tap, the convention is serving more as a rally than a typical convention.
"We're all on the same side, so we're all going to leave united," she said. "We have reason to be optimistic."
GerryAnne Brown of Ipswich said the party needed a shot of adrenaline as the fall elections approach.
"We've got a lot of work ahead. You cannot take anything for granted, and that's what we learned in the last election," she said.
Democrats in Massachusetts and nationwide were shocked when Scott Brown, a little-known Republican, beat Attorney General Martha Coakley in the Jan. 19 special election for the seat left vacant by the death of US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a liberal icon.
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