Why Is Massachusetts Close?

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The polling in Massachusetts' Senate race is all over the place, but one thing seems to hold true: the threat of a Republican victory looms larger than Democrats expected a few months ago. The Atlantic Wire's Max Fisher takes a look at why that's the case, finding that pundits see the top reasons as Republican Scott Brown's fundraising, President Obama's absence from the race, and a generally inhospitable election climate for Democrats nationwide.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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