Warren: Senate Hangs on ‘One Vote’ — as Brown Touts Independence

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren campaigns for the Senate at a senior housing complex in Quincy, Mass., on Oct. 16, 2012.

Vote to re-elect Scott Brown, and you may get a Republican-controlled Senate.

That’s the message that Democrat Elizabeth Warren is trying to convey to voters in Massachusetts as she campaigns to unseat the incumbent Republican senator in the Nov. 6 election.

“Just one vote. Just one senator could put Republicans in control of the United States Senate,” a narrator says in Warren campaign ad that began running yesterday in Boston. “Scott Brown could be that senator.”

Warren is making a direct anti-Republican appeal in a state that gave Democratic presidential candidates an average of 61.2 percent of the vote in the past three elections, the highest Democratic performance in the nation. It’s been 40 years since a Massachusetts Republican was re-elected to the Senate and 18 years since one won a House election.

Brown has been touting his political independence, pointing to his backing for a Democratic employment measure soon after joining the Senate in January 2010 by way of special election.

“The problem with Washington is that people down there are always battling. That’s not how I operate,” Brown says in a commercial that notes his vote for the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul, his support for gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, and his opposition to cutting funding to Planned Parenthood.

Brown mentioned his vote for Dodd-Frank even as employees and political action committees of Wall Street financial institutions are helping fund his campaign against Warren, a Harvard professor and former adviser to President Barack Obama who helped set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Democrats control 53 Senate seats and are the incumbent party in 23 of the 33 contests on Nov. 6 ballots. The Brown-Warren race is one of 10 Senate contests rated as toss-ups by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

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