The last time Massachusetts voters elected a Republican to serve in the US Senate was November 1972 when they re-elected Sen. Edward Brooke.
Barack Obama was 11 years old.
Joe Biden, then 29, was elected that same day to his very first term.
It was the year of Rahm Emanuel’s bar mitzvah.
Robert Gibbs was one.
Brooke three years before had been chastised at the Wellesley College commencement by the student body president, Hillary Rodham.