Scott Brown, the state’s new U.S. senator, credited independent voters for his win over Martha Coakley. “Tonight the independent majority has delivered a great victory,” Brown said in his victory speech at the Park Plaza Hotel.

Scott Brown, the state’s new U.S. senator, credited independent voters for his win over Martha Coakley.


“Tonight the independent majority has delivered a great victory,” Brown said in his victory speech at the Park Plaza Hotel.


On the campaign trail, Brown said he did not care about voters’ party affiliation and they did not care about his.


Brown pledged to work with Republicans and Democrats to reform health care “in an open and honest way.”


“People do not want a trillion-dollar health care plan,” said Brown, of Wrentham. “It will run our nation deeper into debt. We can do better.”


Brown defeated Coakley 52 to 47 percent. Coakley had a double-digit lead in polls just a few weeks ago.


The first Massachusetts Republican elected to the U.S. Senate since Ed Brooke in 1972, Brown told the crowd that the seat does not belong to one party.


“This is the people’s seat,” he said.


Brown honored the memory of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose death necessitated the special election, and vowed to be a worthy successor.


“For most of his lifetime, he was a force like no other,” Brown said.


The victor acknowledged his uphill battle against the Democratic “machine.”


“Tonight you have showed everybody that you are the machine,” Brown told supporters.


To the liberals of Washington, D.C., the victory is a “shot heard ‘round the world,” said former Gov. Mitt Romney, who introduced Brown. “This really does change everything,” Romney said.


Gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos, who worked on Brown’s campaign, said Brown is “a workhorse, he’s not a show horse.”


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