Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has taken a solid lead in the race to suceed Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Coakley has a 48-27 lead over Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) in early results from the Democratic primary.

In the GOP race, state Sen. Scott Brown has been declared the winner.

He leads perennial candidate Jack E. Robinson 89-11 with 25 percent of precincts in.

Brown faces a steep uphill battle against the winner of the Democratic primary in the special election set for Jan. 19.

UPDATE 9:00 p.m.: Coakley has won on the Democratic side.