Warren secures spot on November ballot, avoiding primary
June 2nd, 2012
08:57 PM ET
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Warren secures spot on November ballot, avoiding primary

(CNN) - Democrat Elizabeth Warren won her party’s nomination Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat out of Massachusetts, avoiding a primary and advancing directly to the November general election against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown.

No Senate candidate has ever avoided such a vote in Democratic Party history, the party election committee said, a feat which requires receiving the support of more than 85% of state party convention delegates.

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Warren won nearly 96% of the delegates, the party reported.

A Harvard professor who was nominated by President Barack Obama to head a consumer protection agency, Warren overshadowed rival Marisa De Franco, an attorney.

In her convention remarks, Warren criticized Brown by calling him “a Wall Street Republican, a big oil Republican, a Mitt Romney Republican,” referring to the GOP presidential candidate, a former governor of Massachusetts.

Recent polls show a tight race between Warren and Brown, locked within the margin of error. A Boston Globe/University of New Hampshire poll published Saturday showed Brown at 39% and Warren at 37%. Another conducted by Western New England University for the Springfield Republican newspaper and released on Friday also showed a two-point margin, with Warren at 45% and Brown at 43%.

Brown was elected to the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in a 2010 special election.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Sydnium S. Washington

    Which Scott ain't.

    June 2, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Sahara

    Now we are in for the real business, One down, Brown will be shitting in his pants now cos come Nov, we know the real people that stood with the American people and the puppets that stood and will always stand for bug corporations that Mitt even refereed to as people. Warren 2012 and the 2016, she will be on national ticket

    June 2, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    She is much better than Scott brown.

    June 2, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. MaryM

    Elizabeth, We are voting for you.

    June 2, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    Go Elizabeth! If you do not know Elizabeth Warren yet, you will. She is an outstanding person, intelligent, financially savvy and created the Consumer Financial Protection Agency for President Obama but then the Republicans refused to confirm her to lead it.
    She is down-to-earth, plain speaking, and is a people advocate – something rare in politics these days. She will make an outstanding Senator and we should get behind her and make sure she takes back Ted Kennedy's seat. She will be a real fighter for what is best for the nation and her economics background is a huge asset.

    June 2, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Good for her! Maybe the fat-cats won't be able to pull another fast one.

    June 2, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The only way that will mean anything is to get the people out to vote for her on election day. Do they have a good way to do that? I would hope so.

    June 2, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. george of the jungle

    go Liz

    June 3, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. CA Dream USA

    Time to take the gloves off on these middle class raiders, called the GOP

    June 3, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. Marla

    Good. I hope that Warren continues to win, all the way to the Senate. I've been impressed with this highly intelligent, outspoken woman ever since the first time that I saw her being interviewed. We need her in the Senate.

    June 3, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    You go, Elizabeth!!!!!

    June 3, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  12. steven harnack

    It would be correct to say that we Democratic leaning voters really really like Elizabeth Warren. I can see her as the first female POTUS.

    June 3, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  13. frag

    Move over Clinton, here she comes!

    June 3, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  14. getoverit

    Go figure.

    June 3, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Good luck, elizebeth...

    June 3, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  16. Marie MD

    GO WARREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  17. SK

    great story – leaves out everything about Warren lying about her ancestry in order to secure university jobs. If this was a Republican the main theme the controversy and not securing the primary.

    June 3, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  18. drjem

    Warren is without question an anathema to our MASS Democratic Party. We have made a grave error in choosing her. I fear Sen. Brown will chew her up and have her for breakfast come election time. She just has too much "baggage." We've got to be smarter than this if we hope to take back that seat. BUT..the damage is done so the only avenue left is to get out & vote.

    June 3, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  19. Rick

    Me heap big squaw now. Travel to land of great black father to set up tepee and sit around spending lots of wampum tribe does no have.

    June 3, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  20. bill

    It's pretty clear now that the Massachusetts Democratic Party and Massachusetts voters at large don't give a hoot about truth or personal integrity. For a liar like Elizabeth Warren to even be in consideration for ANY elected office is testament to how far this great country has fallen.

    June 3, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  21. Guest

    Just goes to prove-you can lie big time and still be a politician. Have we run out of honest people to run?

    June 3, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  22. acott

    Her primary aceptance speech: I am the first native american senate candidate. No.Wait I never said that. Oh yes I did. No Harvard did. Oh Wait.

    June 3, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  23. Woody

    She avoided the Dem primary through Party sleight of hand, now can she avoid the vetting of the Press like the kid glove treatment Obama got/gets? Her lies/fraud about being Native American (to open doors and allow Harvard to tick off some Affirmative Action quotas) and almost Hillary like pork-belly accumen when it came to flipping foreclosure real estate for huge returns in Oklhaoma would be good starts.

    She may not be 1/16th Cherokee or 1/64th Black or any other combination that opens doors for her, but she is 1/1th dishonest and elitist Liberal slimey!

    June 3, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. edpeters101

    That sorta levels the playing field, and will prevent the backstabbing within the party (like the GOP Presidential primary produced). No longer live in MA, but hope the people will elect Warren and provide the US Senate with a person who knows what is going on in the banking industry and help create some safeguards for the public from the "Greedy Ba$tard$"..

    June 3, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. Greg

    "a Wall Street Republican" this phrase is amazing considering how many Bailed Out Wall Street Executives are Democrats and working for Obama right now. Same ol' DNC playing the same ol' Class Warfare Song....and the left-wing Sheep will drink it up like it's the nectar of the gods.

    June 3, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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