In one of the nation’s marquee U.S. Senate races this November, Democratic challenger and Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren hopes to unseat Sen. Scott Brown, who won a stunning victory two years ago in a state with just 11% of voters registered as Republican.
Warren’s campaign has drawn a lot of attention from the left for her promises to crack down on abuses by Wall Street. For his part, Brown -- whose election first broke the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority in the Senate as President Barack Obama worked to pass his signature healthcare law – has positioned himself as a moderate while drawing millions in donations from financial firms wary of Warren’s rhetoric. The race is thought to be the most expensive in the state’s history.
Democrats, as usual, are expected to cruise to victory in most of Massachusetts’ U.S. House races – except for beleaguered 6th Congressional District incumbent John Tierney, who has trailed Republican challenger Richard Tisei in polls following questions about his ethics.