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Supported by Brown, Massachusetts Reform Was a Model for Democrats in Washington
New York Times - David M. Herszenhorn

Senator-elect Scott Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, said in his victory speech that he is anxious to get to Washington and start his new job. But Mr. Brown, who owes his victory to independent voters, will quickly find himself at the center of a partisan typhoon over the fate of the major health care legislation. At this victory speech, the crowd chanted “Forty-one! Forty-one! Forty-one!” — a reference to Mr. Brown’s role as the 41st Republican senator, which will deny Democrats the 60 votes that they need to overcome Republican filibusters and advance legislation, including the health care bill.