The 2012 Massachusetts Senate race

Globe coverage of the race between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

Elizabeth Warren defeats Scott Brown

Elizabeth Warren told supporters she would be not just their senator but their champion.

Warren, a fierce consumer advocate who galvanized liberals across the nation, won a decisive victory over Senator Brown.

More on the candidates


The Life of the party: Scott Brown

By winning “the Kennedy seat,” the Republican shocked the political world and inspired a legion of long-shot challengers.

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The Watchdog: Elizabeth Warren

It seemed as if the banks and other firms got a $700 billion bonanza and the American taxpayer got the shaft. But along came this straight-shooting Harvard professor.

// Election propels Warren to Senate, Brown toward next political venture

Elizabeth Warren won on the strength of her promise to be an advocate for middle-class voters and lunch-bucket Democrats, for sure, but also on the coattails of President Obama and with a boost from her fellow women.

// Scott Brown’s political star rose fast, set quickly

He reawakened the state party. He energized national Republicans. But the senator, who was for a time the most popular politician in Mass., was ousted by Elizabeth Warren last night.

Senate race

// Senate candidates on the issues

Here’s a detailed look at the differences between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren on issues of concern to Massachusetts voters.

Two new polls show Brown, Warren in tight race

A new poll released Sunday morning shows Elizabeth Warren leading Senator Scott Brown by four percentage points, 50 percent to 46 percent. The live telephone poll of 535 voters was conducted between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 by the Western New England University Polling Institute on behalf of the Springfield Republican and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. It’s the seventh of eight recent public polls that show Warren with a lead of between two and seven percentage points.

// Brown, Warren push for votes at dueling rallies

Former Governor William Weld joined Senator Scott Brown at Faneuil Hall, while Senator John Kerry campaigned with Elizabeth Warren in Braintree.


Supporters Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren held signs prior to a debate in Lowell on Oct. 1.

Two new polls show Brown, Warren in tight race

Two new polls released Sunday indicated a tight race between Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, with either candidate capable of pulling out a victory on Tuesday.

Poll shows Elizabeth Warren with a 7-point lead

The poll, by Suffolk University/News 7, was released a day after a Globe poll showed a much tighter race, with Senator Brown leading by 2 percentage points.

About Scott Brown


Party: Republican

Birthdate: September 12, 1959 (age 53)

Grew up: Wakefield

Lives: Wrentham

Education: Tufts University (undergraduate), Boston College Law School.

Professional history: Brown served as assessor and selectman in Wrenthan before being elected to the State House of Representatives. He was then elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2004. In 2010, he won a special election to fill the former seat of Edward M. Kennedy in the US Senate. Brown has been a member of the Army National Guard since 1979, and earlier this year was promoted to colonel.


About Elizabeth Warren


Party: Democrat

Birthdate: June 22, 1949 (age 63)

Grew up: Norman, Oklahoma

Lives: Cambridge

Education: George Washington University and the University of Houston (undergraduate); law school at Rutgers University.

Professional history: Taught in the law school at the University of Houston, as well as the universities of Texas and Pennsylvania. She has been teaching at Harvard University since 1995. In 2008, Warren chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel, which was taked with overseeing the $700 billion TARP program. She also served under President Obama in helping implement the country's new consumer protection agency.