Is consumer advocate and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren the biggest rock star candidate in the 2012 Senate races?
Judging by the turnout at her campaign events, the answer so far, is yes.
Warren has been slammed by Republicans as the hand-picked candidate of the national Democrats and a carpetbagger from Oklahoma. But a glance at the early stages of her campaign suggests Warren's most impressive strides to date are those she's made with Bay State supporters.
While she raised 70 percent of her third quarter haul from outside of Massachusetts, the, her total haul was $3.14 million, meaning that nearly $1 million was raised from donors in the state. That's no small sum.
There's another reason to believe Warren is also riding a wave of enthusiasm inside the state -- one we haven't seen with other top Senate recruits so far this cycle.
The Democrat drew a crowd of about 1,000 people at a campaign rally in Roxbury on Sunday, NECN reports. And, as the Boston Globe notes, it's not her first campaign event to draw a large number of people. Warren has also held volunteer events that have consistently drawn hundreds of people.
On November 3, she drew 500 supporters to an event. The event was not in the populous Boston metro area; rather it was in Pittsfield, a city in Western Massachusetts. On November 6, she spoke to a crowd of about 200 at a similar event.
Those are numbers even the presidential candidates wouldn't turn up their noses at.