Elizabeth Warren endorses Braley, Weiland in key Senate races

March 27, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is putting her liberal star power behind two likely Democratic nominees for U.S. Senate: Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and South Dakota Democrat Rick Weiland.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

"Bruce Braley led the Populist Caucus in the House of Representatives – and is focused on economic fairness, investing in education, and addressing our retirement crisis," Warren wrote in a fundraising e-mail sent out Thursday in conjunction with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. "Rick led South Dakota’s AARP and federal emergency management in his state, and he worked as a top Senate aide."

Braley was tripped up earlier this week when video surfaced of him referring to popular Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) as a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school." Braley later apologized for the remark, which he made at a January fundraiser in the context of a discussion about Grassley possibly becoming the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Polls show Braley leading his Republican opponents. But Weiland, a former Tom Daschle aide, is an underdog. He's likely to face former governor Mike Rounds (R) in the general election.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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