Elizabeth Warren unseats Scott Brown in Senate (UPDATED)

Warren waves to supporters before making her victory speech last night.

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-Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren won election to the Senate yesterday and unseated Sen. Scott Brown after his abbreviated time in Washington, D.C.“All of you have had my back and I promise you, I’ll have your back,” Warren said to her supporters.Warren, who is the first woman senator elected to represent the Bay State, was projected to win with 53 percent of the vote with 70 percent of precincts reporting.Massachusetts Democrats rejoiced last night with news of Warren’s win as the political party recaptured the seat once held for decades by late Sen. Ted Kennedy. The party had been on a mission to reclaim the seat since Brown, a Republican, surprised many Democrats and won a special election in 2010 after Kennedy’s death.Brown conceded the race at about 10:30 p.m. and told supporters that what mattered is what “we’ve achieved in between these two elections.”“There are no obstacles you can’t overcome and defeat is only temporary,” said Brown, which made to the crowd of supporters erupt in a loud cheer.The tight race was closely watched for months and was monitored by national news outlets last night during election coverage. For months poll results went back and forth on who was leading among likely voters. But only a few days before Election Day, a majority of recent polls had Warren with an edge. Political experts had said that Warren would likely benefit from running during a presidential election as Massachusetts voters typically pick Democrats.One of the more controversial issues of the campaign was Warren’s claim of Native American heritage, which some groups called into question. However, that seemed to not be enough of a factor for voters.At Warren’s election night party at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel, supporters crowded into a ballroom, sipping wine and sporting both Warren and Obama stickers.Erin Santhouse said she voted for Warren because she wanted Democrats to have control of the Senate and because of her views on “women’s reproductive choices.”“Warren would vote the same way I would vote on the issues,” said the 22-year-old student living in Boston.

Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren won election to the Senate Tuesday night and unseated Sen. Scott Brown after his abbreviated time in Washington, D.C.

“To all the young people who did everything right and are drowning in debt, we’re going to invest in you,” Warren said to her supporters.

Warren, who is the first woman senator elected to represent the Bay State, was projected to win with 53 percent of the vote with 70 percent of precincts reporting.

Massachusetts Democrats rejoiced last night with news of Warren’s win as the political party recaptured the seat once held for decades by late Sen. Ted Kennedy. The party had been on a mission to reclaim the seat since Brown, a Republican, surprised many Democrats and won a special election in 2010 after Kennedy’s death.

Brown conceded the race at about 10:30 p.m. and told supporters that what mattered is what “we’ve achieved in between these two elections.”

“There are no obstacles you can’t overcome and defeat is only temporary,” said Brown, which made to the crowd of supporters erupt in a loud cheer.

The tight race was closely watched for months and was monitored by national news outlets last night during election coverage. For months poll results went back and forth on who was leading among likely voters. But only a few days before Election Day, a majority of recent polls had Warren with an edge. Political experts had said that Warren would likely benefit from running during a presidential election as Massachusetts voters typically pick Democrats.

One of the more controversial issues of the campaign was Warren’s claim of Native American heritage, which some groups called into question. However, that seemed to not be enough of a factor for voters.

At Warren’s election night party at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel, supporters crowded into a ballroom, sipping wine and sporting both Warren and Obama stickers.

Erin Santhouse said she voted for Warren because she wanted Democrats to have control of the Senate and because of her views on “women’s reproductive choices.”

“Warren would vote the same way I would vote on the issues,” said the 22-year-old student living in Boston.


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