MASSACHUSETTS
     Nov. 6, 2012 U.S. Senate

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+Elizabeth Warren (D)
1,696,346
53.74%
Scott Brown (R) i
1,458,048
46.19%
all others
2,159    

3,156,553

Total 3,184,196 votes including 27,643 blank.
Plurality:  238,298 votes (7.55 percentage points).

MA Secretary of the Commonwealth




DEMOCRATIC PICK-UP
Notes
In the marquee Senate race of 2012, Sen. Scott Brown (R), who achieved an upset win over Martha Coakley in the Jan. 19, 2010 special election, lost his bid for a full term to Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren (D).

Warren launched her campaign on Sept. 14, 2011.  Brown formally launched his bid on Jan. 19, 2012.  Neither faced a primary opponent.  In January the two campaigns announced an agreement to restrain spending by outside groups, which drew considerable news coverage.  Questions about Warren's Native American heritage arose in Apr. 2012 and continued to dog her throughout the campaign, including as the lead question in the first two debates.

The two candidates engaged in three televised debates;

Sept. 20 - WBZ in Boston (>)

Sept. 27 - Boston Herald/UMASS Lowell (1, 2).

Oct. 12 - Western Massachusetts Media Consortium at Symphony Hall in Springfield (>).

A final debate was scheduled for Oct. 30, but Brown backed out the day before; his campaign cited "concern for the hardship faced by people in the path of Hurricane Sandy."

According to Open Secrets, this was the most expensive Senate race of 2012.  Of total spending of $90.5 million, the campaigns accounted for $82.4 million and  outside groups just $8.1 million (>).  The Warren campaign outspent the Brown campaign by $42.2 million to $35.1 million (>).

 
Campaign Managers:
Elizabeth Warren:  Mindy Myers
(Sept. 2011)  Chief of staff to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Nov. 2006-Sept. 2011, took leave of absence to work on campaigns in Fall 2010 and Fall 2008.  Campaign manager on Richard Blumenthal for Senate (CT), Apr.-Nov. 2010.  New Hampshire state director on Obama for America, July-Nov. 2008.  Campaign manager on Sehldon Whitehouse for Senate, 2005-06.  Political director for Sen. Tom Daschle/Office of the Democratic Leader/DASH PAC, 2003-Apr. 2005.  Deputy director for constituency outreach on Gore 2000.  Special assistant in the Legislative Affairs Office at the White House in the Clinton Administration.  Attended American University.  Grew up in Lancaster, PA.

Scott Brown:  Jim Barnett
(July 2011) 
New England regional campaign manager on Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign; in the primary was New Hampshire state director (from May 2007) and started as New England regional director (from Nov. 2006).  Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, elected May 2003, served through late Nov. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Jim Douglas' successful 2002 campaign for governor of Vermont, then worked on Gov. Douglas' senior staff.   Deputy Associate Director in the Presidential Personnel Office, 2001-02.  Public relations manager at Validea.com, 2000.  Senior research analyst at RNC, 1999-early 2000.  Research associate at the National Journal Group.  Junior research analyst at the RNC, 1998.  Bachelor's degree in political science (CLEG) from American University, 1998.Vermont native.


See also:
Garance Franke-Ruta.  "Is Elizabeth Warren Native American or What?"  The Atlantic, May 19, 2012.

Hillary Chabot.  "Harvard trips on roots of Elizabeth Warren's familty tree."  Boston Herald, Apr. 27, 2012.

Jeremy White.  "Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown Spending Pact Faces Challenges in Post-Citizens United World."  International Business Times, Jan. 24, 2012.

Dan Eggen.  "Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren pledge to curb outside campaign spending."  The Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2012.

Manu Raju.  "Warren, Brown settle on super pact."  Politico, Jan. 23, 2012.

--.  "Elizabeth Warren And Scott Brown Near a Unique Agreement To Curb Outside Spending."  HuffPost, Jan. 19, 2012.

 
 

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