The special election for Ted Kennedy's former Senate seat takes place next Tuesday. Republican Scott Brown is running against Democrat Martha Coakley. The Democrat would normally be heavily favored in Massachusetts but the race appears to be competitive . In fact currently on Intrade Brown is favored by about 3-2. I think I would bet on Coakley, mostly because I want Brown to win and betting on Coakley would be a form of hedging. If Brown won I could think of the bet as the equivalent of a campaign contribution and if Coakley won I would have my winnings as solace. Also at those odds it doesn't seem like a bad bet although I know little about Massachusetts' politics.