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Murray says Massachusetts shows voters worried

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democratic Sen. Patty Murray says the election of a Republican senator in Massachusetts shows that voters are worried about jobs and the economy.
     
Murray said Wednesday the message from Massachusetts "should not be taken lightly." She says it reinforces what she has been saying about voters' concerns over job losses.
     
Murray is seeking a fourth term this fall. Six Republicans have announced plans to challenge her, including former Washington Redskins football player Clint Didier of Connell.

Democrats more worried about November

After yesterday's Republican win in the Massachusetts Senate election, are Democrats more worried about November?
     
They are, says Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. She says if there's anyone who says they aren't more worried, "you should absolutely slap them."
     
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California says "every state is now in play."
     
At the White House, meanwhile, a spokesman says the Republican win in Massachusetts was brought about by the same voter anger that helped elect Barack Obama.
     
The Senate's top Republican says Obama should use the opportunity to "recalibrate how he wants to govern."

Obama to Dems: Don't jam through health care bill

President Barack Obama is telling Democrats not to "jam" a health care overhaul bill through Congress, instead urging them to coalesce around popular parts of the bill.
     
In an interview with ABC News, Obama said Wednesday that Congress must wait for newly elected Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to be sworn into office before lawmakers move forward.
     
Brown won his election Tuesday to fill the seat long occupied by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Brown will end the super-majority that would have allowed Democrats to pass Obama's top domestic priority over united opposition from Republicans.
     
Brown campaigned against the proposed health care overhaul.

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