Democrat pulls out of bid against Sen. Scott Brown
October 27th, 2011
10:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Democrat pulls out of bid against Sen. Scott Brown

(CNN) - A Democratic candidate in Massachusetts who hoped to challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown in next year's election is calling it quits.

Alan Khazei is expected Thursday to withdraw from the race, a Democratic source confirms to CNN. Earlier in the cycle, the social entrepreneur and "City Year" co-founder was one of the top contenders for the Democratic Senate nomination, but after the late summer entry into the race by Harvard University law professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, Khazei has had a hard time keeping pace.

Warren, whose Senate bid enjoys the strong backing of a number of leading national progressive groups, was named a special adviser by President Barack Obama to oversee the development of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This year she was in contention for –but was not nominated as - the director of the new bureau. She left Washington in early August and returned to Massachusetts, a move that stirred rumors she would launch a bid for the Senate. She set up an exploratory committee in mid-August and formally entered the race last month.

Warren raised $3.15 million in campaign fundraising in the last month and a half of the third quarter. Brown brought in $1.55 million in the July through September period, with more than $10 million in the bank.

Warren joined a crowded field of candidates bidding for their party's Senate nomination when she announced, but none of the other contenders, including Khazei, had strong name recognition across the Bay State. Some national Democrats were concerned that the other candidates would not be able to effectively challenge Brown, who made national headlines by beating Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in a special election early last year to replace the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who held the seat for nearly five decades.

While the most recent polls indicate Brown remains popular in Massachusetts, the surveys also indicate Warren is competitive with the senator in hypothetical 2012 general election matchups.

– Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @PSteinhauserCNN.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    "This hopey changey thing is starting to unfold and alot of you TEApublicans will be out of a job next year."
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    Riiight... That's why Obama's approval rating is in the low 40s and heading for the 30s! Come Nov. 2012, Democrats EVERYWHERE will ride his coattails to the unemployment lines that they have lengthen and encouraged with their FAILED leftist policies. End the destruction of the greatest country the world has ever known at the hands of leftists, vote Republican.

    October 27, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    " You should have given the Consumer Protection Agency Bureau job to Ms. Warren. "
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    Obama didn't put her up for the vote. He was afraid he's lose a political battle. He's a coward. Savvy?

    October 27, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. L.G

    This redraw has nothing to do with Scott Brown. It is all but about Elizabeth Warren. So, I have somme concerns about the tittle of this article.

    October 27, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Patriot Awesome

    I don't live in MA, but I am totally sending Ms. warren some money. We need more people like her that actually care about the people they serve.

    October 27, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Joey

    Obama-Biden 2012 Hillary Clinton-E.Warren 2016!!! Perfection in Politics!! Repubs= Gone

    October 27, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. MTATL67

    The Republican party is now full of extremists. The GOP are obstuctionists to the recovery of this country. I have yet to hear of one person that their NO votes have helped or a business that their NO votes have saved. Does anyone know a community that the Repuclians policy of "No to Everything" has helped to rebuild. They blame the President for their lack of action and the obstructionis policy they have chosen to follow. This obstuctionist policy they have adopted has put many of their seats in Congress in jepordy. The Republicans will lose the Mass. Senate seat plus many others. They should have have adopted a "Work together" policy instead complete failure policy of the "No to Everything"

    October 27, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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