Scott Brown’s surprise victory in Massachusetts has reinvigorated Republican hopes for making gains in the 2010 elections. The GOP is now inspired to take on long shots, and is fielding candidates for the Wisconsin and Indiana Senate seats, which only weeks ago were assumed to be Democratic locks. In Arkansas, Rep. John Boozman is mulling a run against incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. “If the people of Massachusetts are upset, you can imagine how the people of Arkansas feel,” Boozman tells the New York Times.
“If you live in a district with no Republican candidate, run for office,” said Rep. Pete Sessions of the NRCC, sounding the GOP call to arms. Some 58 Democratic House seats are thought to be in play, up from 47 last month, according to an analyst’s report due tomorrow. Since Brown’s victory, half a dozen new contenders have popped up for House contests in New York, Pennsylvania, and, naturally, Massachusetts.