Obama to go to Massachusetts on Sunday

Published January 15, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will be traveling to Massachusetts on Sunday to campaign for Senate candidate Martha Coakley.

The trip was scheduled as a poll indicates an edge for Coakley's Republican challenger, Scott Brown, in the race for the seat that was held by Ted Kennedy.

And Democratic Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts is warning that if Brown wins Tuesday's election, "it'll kill the health bill." That's because Senate Democrats would no longer have the 60 votes they need to prevent a Republican filibuster.

But White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says he doesn't expect Brown to win.

Obama also taped a Web video that was e-mailed to his supporters, and recorded an automated phone call asking Massachusetts voters to support Coakley.

A Suffolk University survey released late yesterday showed that Brown, a Republican state senator, had 50 percent of the support from people polled, compared to 46 percent for Coakley. It amounts to a statistical tie, since it's within the margin of error.

Written by <P>By Associated Press</P>

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