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Energy and Stealth of G.O.P. Groups Undid a Sure Bet

BOSTON — The e-mail message from a Massachusetts supporter to one of the leaders of the Tea Party movement arrived in early December. The state was holding a special election to fill the seat held by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, it said, and conditions were ripe for a conservative ambush: an Election Day in the dead of winter with the turnout certain to be low.

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Energy and Stealth of G.O.P. Groups Undid a Sure Bet

BY ADAM NAGOURNEY, JEFF ZELENY, KATE ZERNIKE and MICHAEL COOPER

BOSTON — The e-mail message from a Massachusetts supporter to one of the leaders of the Tea Party movement arrived in early December. The state was holding a special election to fill the seat held by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, it said, and conditions were ripe for a conservative ambush: an Election Day in the dead of winter with the turnout certain to be low.

01/20/2010