As the tightly fought Senate race heads into its final two weeks, Elizabeth Warren has sharpened her emphasis on the national stakes of her campaign, arguing that the election is essential to determining which party controls the Senate.
It is a simple and direct appeal, intended to court Democratic-
leaning voters who pay little attention to politics but are expected to cast ballots for President Obama and therefore may want a Senate that backs his policies.
Brown is closing with a promise to work across the aisle, calling himself one of the last of a dying breed of moderates who can break the gridlock in an increasingly polarized Washington. Brown’s message capitalizes on evidence in polls that voters are deeply frustrated with partisanship.
The pitches, highlighted in ads released in recent days and in speeches on the trail, are not departures for either candidate, though the heightened emphasis reflects the different challenges the candidates face in the last 14 days.
Warren, a Democrat, needs to hold on to core members of her party, while winning over those Democratic leaners who only come out every four years to vote for president. Brown, a Republican, needs to cobble together a more disparate coalition, including Republicans, independents, and hundreds of thousands of voters who plan to choose Obama for president.
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