Republicans Retain Scott Brown's Vacant State Senate Seat in Massachusetts

The Republican candidate, Richard Ross has won the MA state senate seat vacated by US Senator Scott Brown.

According to the Boston Herald:

Republican Richard Ross claimed the state Senate seat formerly held by Scott Brown as his Democrat opponent conceded a GOP victory last night, in a contest viewed as a referendum on Brown’s stunning U.S. Senate victory, experts said.

Ross, a Wrentham state representative, defeated Democrat Peter Smulowitz, a doctor and political newcomer from Needham, not only reaffirming Brown’s win but giving the GOP added momentum heading into the November election.

“Republicans can say this is a harbinger of things to come in November,” said political analyst Lou DiNatale. “Republicans want to say this is a trend.”

Oh, Republicans want to see this as a trend?

Check these sobering statistics from the Boston Globe:

According to unofficial results, Ross garnered 15,893 votes to Smulowitz’s 9,819, giving Ross about 62 percent of the votes and Smulowitz 38 percent. Ross won Needham, seen as a liberal stronghold in the 12-community district, by a vote of 2,717 to 2,495.

I think that qualifies as a sign of a trend.