WASHINGTON – Senator Scott Brown’s coattails proved to be extraordinarily short in his home state, with his endorsements failing to carry other prominent Massachusetts Republican candidates to victory.
But nationally, the results were more of a mixed bag. Eight of the candidates he helped – through fundraisers and campaign rallies – won on Tuesday night, including several prominent new senators such as Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio in Florida, and Mark Kirk in Illinois.
Six candidates backed by Brown lost and two are in races where the tallies are still too close to call (Brown also wrote a fundraising letter earlier this year in support of Charles Djou, a congressional candidate in Hawaii; Djou won a special election in May but lost on Tuesday night).
The slate of Brown-backed candidates in Massachusetts did not fare well. All of the statewide GOP candidates he supported lost, as did all nine congressional hopefuls. Fifteen of the candidates he supported in state legislative races won.
Here’s the full lineup of Brown’s national candidates and how they fared:
- Senator-elect Mark Kirk, of Illinois
- Senator-elect Marco Rubio, of Florida
- Senator-elect Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire
- Senator-elect Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania
- Senator John McCain, of Arizona
- Congressman-elect Steve Stivers, of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District
- Congressman-elect Steve Chabot, of Ohio’s 1st Congressional District
- Representative Rob Wittman, of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District
- US Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, of California
- US Senate candidate Linda McMahon, of Connecticut
- Congressional candidate John Loughlin, of Rhode Island’s First District
- Congressional candidate Tim Burns, of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District
- Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, of California
- Gubernatorial candidate John Stephen, of New Hampshire
- Dino Rossi, Republican nominee for US Senate in Washington state
- Tom Foley, Republican nominee for governor in Connecticut
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