Former White House adviser and champion of the middle class Elizabeth Warren will formally launch her campaign for U.S. Senate tomorrow, challenging Republican incumbent Scott Brown.
Brown was elected to the Senate in a special election in January 2010 following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Democrats have targeted the seat, and despite Brown’s relative popularity in the state, a recent survey showed Brown just barely edging Warren by 44%-35% in a state expected to vote Democratic by a large margin in the presidential race.
Warren’s presence on the ticket will likely energize progressive voters who were disappointed she was not chosen to head the Consumer Protection Bureau she created and is just the kind of news needed on a day when the Census Bureau reports a spike in poverty rates and the uninsured and when leading candidates for the Republican nomination campaign on the platform of squeezing the poor and working class even more than they are already doing.
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