NEWARK – Just before launching into a rendition of “Mack the Knife,” the crooner here at the Prudential Center gives this dance floor crowd political news from Massachusetts.
“Brown won,” he announces.
As in Scott Brown, the Republican businessman pursuing the late Edward Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat, against Democrat and former Attorney General Martha Coakley.
“Brown won,” the crooner exults again.
The crowd cheers.
With 63% of the vote counted, Brown leads Coakley by 85,000 votes, 53%-46%.