Republican Rakes In $1.3M in Race for Kennedy Seat
16,000 online donors respond to request
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 3:12 PM CST
Scott Brown, the Republican candidate for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, listens to a question posed by a Massachusetts voter,, Jan. 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

(Newser) – Scott Brown says he raised more than $1.3 million in just 24 hours as part of his bid to wrest Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat from Democrats' hands in next week’s special election. Brown enticed 16,000 donors to toss money to him online during the so-called "MoneyBomb" event. Though Massachusetts is a Democratic stronghold, Republicans are focusing on the race because a win could throw a monkey wrench in the health care works.

Brown’s opponent, Martha Coakley, characterized the haul as an outpouring of “national right wing money,” accusing Brown of being a “lockstep Republican vote to return us to the failed policies of George Bush and Dick Cheney.” But Coakley’s losing ground; CQ Politics now rates the once-safe race as “leans Democratic,” meaning an upset is possible.