How Important Is Senate Race in Massachusetts?

"World News" wants to know what you think.

Jan. 19, 2010— -- There's big turnout so far at the polls in Massachusetts today as voters select a new senator to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. On the ballot: Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley, who was thought to be a shoo-in earlier in the campaign, in a state that has typically been an easy win for Democrats.

But this election is anything but typical. Polls show these two candidates are effectively tied. Moreover, Brown has been an outspoken critic of health-care reform, and if he wins, it could significantly affect Democrats' plans. A Republican win would mean that Democrats would lose the 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority and, quite possibly, the chance of passing health-care reform legislation.

So, our question to you: How Important Is Today's Senate Race in Massachusetts?