Elizabeth Warren defeats Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts

November 6, 2012

Democrat Elizabeth Warren unseated Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) on Tuesday, winning perhaps the marquee Senate race of the 2012 election.


With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Warren led Brown 53 percent to 47 percent. The Washington Post has called the race for Warren.

Warren is a Harvard professor and is credited as the force behind the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. With her Senate confirmation as head of that agency looking unlikely, she opted to instead challenge Brown.

What followed was an outpouring of support from liberals, who made Warren the biggest fundraiser in the country outside the presidential campaigns. She wound up raising about $40 million in just more than a year as a candidate.

The race polled tightly until the end, in large part thanks to Brown's popularity. In a heavily Democratic state, Brown's calling card was his moderate appeal and everyman image.

By the end of the campaign, though, Warren's popularity rivaled that of Brown, which allowed her to win in a very blue state. 

Brown's loss comes less than three years after his special election win signaled the start of a Republican wave in the 2010 election.

Warren's strong performance will surely make her a part of the speculation when it comes to potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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