The Bay State remains one willing to elect a moderate Republican, Milligan says, but Brown's win was fueled by running against "the worst candidate who's ever run for office" in Martha Coakley during a time when anti-government sentiment was peaking.
But the real story of the race is the fact that despite Gomez's sterling credentials on paper, the national Republicans haven't been throwing him much support, according to Milligan.
"He's exactly what the Republicans on the national level needs to be recruiting to be getting some seats, but yet they're not doing anything for him," she says. "He's Latino, he's for gay marriage, he's a Navy SEAL – but the fact that they weren't doing anything for him indicates they didn't think he has much of a shot anyway."
Massachusetts voters are scheduled to vote June 25.