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National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions issued the following statement tonight regarding the special election in Massachusetts. Here's the full text:

Scott Brown's win confirms the serious ramifications that will haunt Democrats all the way to the November elections. Tonight, Massachusetts voters relived their historic roots with a mass revolt against the Obama-Pelosi agenda of bigger government, higher taxes, and fewer jobs. No matter how Democrats want to spin it, there is a movement building in America that threatens their majority in Congress. All across this country there are candidates like Scott Brown who have had enough and are running to put an end to a culture of fiscal recklessness in Washington.

The dynamics at play in New Jersey and Virginia have manifested again in the bluest of blue states. With Republicans motivated, independents disgusted, and once-reliable liberals disaffected, Democrats are wholly unable to piece together victories - even in states where they once came easily. Should Democrats continue to ignore these results and double down on their attempt to ram a government healthcare takeover down the throats of the American people, they will have far more at stake than a Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released a statement in reaction to the results of the Massachusetts special election. The text follows below:

The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received. I want thank Senator Paul Kirk for his tremendous service over the last few months. His service to the people of Massachusetts in the place of his friend, Senator Ted Kennedy, was brief but honorable.

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Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement tonight regarding the special election in Massachusetts. Here's the full text:

In Massachusetts, we fight like hell in political campaigns, we debate our differences, and the day after an election we go to work for the state we love. That's what we need to do now.

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In a victory speech in Boston tonight, Sen-Elect Scott Brown (R-MA) declared that he's "ready to go to Washington without delay" after winning a special election for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's senate seat that was considered a sure Democratic victory just a few weeks ago.

With 98% percent of the precincts reporting, Brown leads Democrat Martha Coakley 52-47.

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Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) delivered his victory speech at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, MA. The text of his prepared remarks follow:

Thank you very much. I'll bet they can hear all this cheering down in Washington, D.C.

And I hope they're paying close attention, because tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken.

From the Berkshires to Boston, from Springfield to Cape Cod, the voters of this Commonwealth defied the odds and the experts. And tonight, the independent majority has delivered a great victory.

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) believes health care reform is now doomed because the Democrats failed to keep its 60-seat majority in the Senate.

"If she loses, it's over," Maloney said, according to the New York Daily News. Maloney was referring to Martha Coakley, the democratic nominee to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Coakley lost to Republican Scott Brown 52% to 47%.

During the campaign, Brown told voters he would proudly opposed health care reform if elected. He is now the 41st Republican senator and can help support a filibuster of the legislation that Democrats have been working for months to pass.

Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean has a message for Democrats after tonight's loss in the special election for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts senate seat: Toughen up.

"We've gotta be tougher," Dean said on MSNBC after the race was called for Republican Scott Brown. "I've said that Democrats have not been tough enough."

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In the hours and minutes before Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, House Democratic leadership sounded resilient, even optimistic notes about the possibility of passing health care reform anyhow. But that puts them at odds with their rank and file members, particularly progressives, who, based on press reports and interviews conducted as returns were coming in, but before the race was called, now have a hard time seeing an endgame.

A number of progressives say that they still can not vote to pass the Senate bill in the House, even though that would wrap up the reform project once and for all. But with at least one Democratic member of the Senate pre-emptively saying there should be no more Senate votes on health care before Brown is seated, that increasingly appears to be their only avenue. The question is, is that road blocked?

"If it comes down to that Senate bill or nothing, I think we're going to end up with nothing, because I don't hear a lot of support on our side for that bill," said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA). "I've lost my faith in anything happening quickly that requires Senate action.

"If she loses, it's over," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said this evening in New York.

Two high-profile progressives--Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)--said the only way they could sign on to the Senate bill is if it was accompanied immediately, or even preceded by, a separate bill, making a number of major preemptive changes to what they regard as an inferior package.

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