Ted Kennedy held a key Senate seat in Massachusetts for several decades. Following his death in 2009, the coveted office went to a special election in January of 2010. Virtually everyone in the nation expected the Senate seat to go to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat.
Massachusetts Republican state senator Scott Brown ran against Coakley in the special election. It wasn’t until a month or two before the election that polls were indicating that Brown might have a chance of winning, but few national pollsters gave him any real hope of victory.
When the votes from the special election were tallied up, Brown had wrestled the Senate seat away from the Democrats in what was considered one of the major political upsets in recent history.
Kennedy had won re-election in 2006 and since senate terms are six years, the seat now held by Brown comes up for re-election in 2012. With control of the Senate very much up for grabs, the Massachusetts senate race is being labeled as one of the most crucial races in the nation.
Even though there are several Democrats running in the primary election, the only one to be receiving any serious attention is Elizabeth Warren. Warren served as the chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Panel from 2008 to 2010 when she took the position of Special Advisor for the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama.
The Democrats in Massachusetts and the rest of the nation are so zealous about regaining this senate seat that they have already contributed $3.15 million towards Warren’s campaign. Scott Brown has not even been able to raise half that amount. Some Washington pundits have even quipped that there is no need to hold a Democratic primary as Warren has already secured the Party’s ticket.
So several prominent Republicans, including Arizona Senator John McCain has sent out emails to help raise funds for Scott Brown to help insure that the seat is maintained by the Republicans.
As races for both Senate and House seats begin to move into action, probably none will, at least at this time, garner more attention and following than the ensuing battle between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.