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Elizabeth Warren Defeats Scott Brown

November 6, 2012

Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated GOP Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, after an expensive and close battle. NBC and CBS called the race, among the most closely-watched in the nation, shortly before 9:45 p.m.

Brown gained high marks for likeability and framed himself as a bipartisan, independent candidate. But in a presidential year in the Democratic state -- where President Obama beat Mitt Romney easily -- Brown ultimately fell short.

The race has long been a close one, and both candidates raised huge amounts of money, particularly Warren. The former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau adviser, a national liberal superstar, proved by far to be the best fundraiser of any candidate this cycle. The race was also largely devoid of outside money, as Brown and Warren signed a ban on ads funded by outside groups.

(PROFILE: Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts' New Senator)

Brown won the Senate seat, previously held by the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, when he defeated Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election in early 2010. He was the first major victory of the tea party wave.

Check out our analysis of the Massachusetts Senate race here.

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