The Boston Globe reports that Martha Coakley has called Scott Brown to concede, according to a Brown aide.
Her concession marks the most dramatic political upset in a generation, one that will be plumbed for meaning and spun over the next few days.
Obama hears but he is not moved:
President Barack Obama plans a combative response if, as White House aides fear, Democrats lose Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, close advisers say.
“This is not a moment that causes the president or anybody who works for him to express any doubt,” a senior administration official said. “It more reinforces the conviction to fight hard.”
He can fight but how many Democrats are willing to fall on his sword?:
A loss — or even a narrow victory — by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century in this Democratic stronghold could signal big political problems for the president's party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.
Brown's victory is huge and Democrats will be paying attention. Obama went to Massachusetts and was unable to turn the tide for Coakley. He can ignore the result but he can't change it.