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August 17, 2011

Elizabeth Warren Inches Closer to Senate Run

Posted in: 2012 election,Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren inches closer to officially challenging incumbent Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. The Boston Globe today has an article about private listening tours of the state she has recently started.

The events are being organized hastily by Doug Rubin and Kyle Sullivan, consultants who helped orchestrate Governor Deval Patrick’s two campaigns.

Warren has yet to speak to any Massachusetts-based reporters or hold any events for the general public, sparing her exposure to potentially confrontational audiences. She has not published the locations of the events, but several have leaked out from attendees who have posted photos and gushed on Twitter. Between the meetings, she is calling high-level Democrats in the state, including Patrick.

Listening tours are a common precursor to a campaign. They can gauge your level of support among activist, potential volunteers and donors. They are also a way to road test possible stump speeches in a friendly environment.

If Warren does decide to run and manages to win a competitive Democratic primary, unseating Brown will be a serious challenge. The latest PPP poll from two months ago found Brown had a 48% approve to 36% disapprove job rating and lead Warren in a head-to-head matchup 47% to 32%. The potentially good news for Warren is that with Congress’s job approval hitting new lows, voters are increasingly open to getting rid of their incumbent members of Congress.


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