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The Massachusetts Senate Race’s 2016 Implications

The Washington Post, October 10, 2012

By Chris Cillizza

There are 33 Senate seats up for re-election in five weeks time. But, none has come close to equaling the amount of national media coverage (and money) that the race between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts has already drawn.

There’s a good reason for that: The Massachusetts race has major implications for the 2016 presidential field. What, you say? 2016? Let’s get through 2012 first. Fair enough. But, there is a relatively clear case to be made that what happens in 35 days time could have a major impact on the 2016 Democratic presidential race.

Here’s why: Even before she ran for the Senate, Warren was a national folk hero among the liberal left thanks to her work overseeing the spending of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds and as a major mover in the founding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Read full article: The Washington Post, October 10, 2012