Sen. Scott Brown (R) said Friday that the energy from his upset victory in the Massachusetts Senate race is carrying Republicans nationwide this fall.
Brown, whose victory in a January special election for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's (D) seat fueled optimism about Republicans' chances this year, said he's noticed the same sort of momentum that he saw in his own election in races across the country.
"There was a tremendous amount of energy in my race, and I’m noticing that in races where I’m campaigning across the country," Brown told The Associated Press while campaigning in Boston. "People are still angry, still hurting, and this remains one of the worst business climates in decades."
The Massachusetts election was seen as an especially galvanizing point for the Tea Party movement, which worked hard on Brown's behalf in order to send him to Washington as a block to the healthcare reform bill, which was making its way through Congress at that point.
While Brown has ultimately proved to be much more of a political centrist than many of the candidates affiliated with the Tea Party movement, his victory kicked off an election cycle in which energized Republicans have made their presence known.
"People are finding they can get involved and make a difference, not only in their cities and towns, but all the way to the U.S. senator’s position," Brown said.
The Republican senator, who's not up for reelection until 2012, will look to lend a hand for Massachusetts Republicans in the closing days of the campaign. He'll campaign on Monday for Republican Jeff Terry, the candidate for the seat of retiring Rep. Bill Delahunt (D).