Democrats have reason to worry that the wave of momentum that sent Scott Brown to Washington could wipe them out in November.

Democrats have reason to worry that the wave of momentum that Scott Brown rode to Washington could wipe them out in November.


U.S. Rep. William Delahunt – whose district was bright-red Brown territory on Tuesday night – may face a challenge from state Sen. Robert Hedlund.


When asked Wednesday if he would run, the Weymouth Republican said, “Maybe.”


“It’s come up in the past, too, and certainly anyone looking at it would look at the results yesterday and consider it,” he said.


Hedlund, a state senator for two decades, is considered a moderate Republican and a fiscal conservative. His hometown of Weymouth voted 61 percent for Brown.


Hedlund said he told people at Brown’s election-night party that he predicted Brown would win by at least 10 points.


“I was overestimating because of the vibe I was getting in my area,” Hedlund said. “I’ve never seen that type of energy.”


All over the South Shore, Republican office holders and candidates believe the water’s just right for the GOP to gain ground.


Vincent Cogliano, chairman of the Plymouth County Republican committee, said the group is planning a breakfast next week to start organizing to launch local campaigns.


“In a lot of other places in the state, (Republicans) run as Democrats Light,” Cogliano said, “but here a candidate runs as conservative. He worries about your money and he’s not afraid to say it.”


But Whitman resident Geoff Diehl, who’s hoping to unseat state Rep. Allen McCarthy, D-East Bridgewater, was cautiously optimistic about any Brown bump.


“To say that Scott Brown didn’t help our chances on the South Shore would be incorrect,” he said, adding that he’s still focused on running his own race and going “door to door.”


“It was a still close race at the end of the day,” he said.


Nancy Reardon may be reached at nreardon@ledger.com.