While it was not much of a surprise that Elizabeth Warren would win the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Scott Brown (R Wall St.), it was still a stunning victory as she secured 95.77% of the votes. By way of comparison, no candidate in the last thirty years has received more than 86%, according to Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. In Massachusetts, a candidate requires at least 15% to appear on the ballot meaning that Warren will be the only Democratic name on the ballot to challenge Brown.
Warren is currently in a dead heat with Brown despite an ongoing smear campaign concerning Warren’s possible Native American heritage. The Brown campaign and its surrogates have suggested, without a shred of evidence, that Warren benefited from her “minority status.” The Brown campaign is right to be worried enough to resort to this kind of mud slinging; Warren is immensely popular for her anti-Wall Street rhetoric and accomplishments while Brown is widely acknowledged as Wall Street’s favorite son. Warren’s nomination sweep means the Brown campaign, and the millions in Super PAC money that’s going to be spent by anonymous donors, won’t even have the opportunity to split the Democratic vote.