"BOSTON Martha M. Coakley, the Democrat running for Senator Edward M. Kennedys seat in Massachusetts, had seemed so certain of winning the special election on Jan. 19 that she barely campaigned last month. And a new poll that showed a competitive race between Ms. Coakley and Mr. Brown has generated buzz on conservative blogs and energized the Brown campaign though many news organizations dispute its methodology. But a tighter-than-expected margin in the closely watched race would still prompt soul-searching among Democrats nationally, since the outcome will be the first real barometer of whether problems facing the party will play out in tangible ways at the polls later this year. While Ms. Coakley kept a low profile over the holidays, Mr. Brown hammered her as soft on terrorists and as a crusader for abortion rights. He has played up his military credentials he serves in the Army National Guard and his opposition to the health care overhaul headed for a final vote in Congress. That, too, has unnerved Democrats, who cannot afford to lose a single vote on the embattled legislation." Democrats Anxious Over a Once-Safe Seat - NYTimes.com Time to put my money where my mouth is? I sent him a contribution.