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Warren defeats Brown for Mass. Senate seat

  • Democrat candidate for Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Democrat candidate for Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gives two thumbs up as she arrives to greet commuters and thank Massachusetts residents, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

    Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gives two thumbs up as she arrives to greet commuters and thank Massachusetts residents, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

  • Democrat candidate for Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Democrat candidate for Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., picks up his ballot with his daughter Arianna, left,  to cast his vote in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown is facing Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate.  (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., picks up his ballot with his daughter Arianna, left, to cast his vote in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown is facing Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., picks up his ballot with his daughter Arianna, left,  to cast his vote in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown is facing Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate.  (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., picks up his ballot with his daughter Arianna, left, to cast his vote in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown is facing Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

  • Democrat candidate for Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gives two thumbs up as she arrives to greet commuters and thank Massachusetts residents, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. Warren defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)
  • Democrat candidate for Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren, center right, greets a supporter outside the polls after voting in Cambridge, Mass. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Warren is running against Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who was elected in a special election in 2010 after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA).  (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., picks up his ballot with his daughter Arianna, left,  to cast his vote in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown is facing Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate.  (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
  • U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., picks up his ballot with his daughter Arianna, left,  to cast his vote in Wrentham, Mass., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Brown is facing Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U.S. Senate.  (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)

Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, architect of the consumer watchdog agency set up by the Obama administration after the meltdown on Wall Street, was elected to the Senate yesterday, winning a hard-fought victory against Republican Sen. Scott Brown in the most expensive Senate contest in the nation.

The race took on epic proportions as the candidates spent a combined $68 million and hurled charges and countercharges in an increasingly bitter campaign that was watched closely by both national parties as they dueled for control of the upper chamber.

Warren becomes the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts.

Warren, a Harvard Law professor making her first attempt at elective office, helped create the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the wake of the mortgage crisis and the meltdown on Wall Street. Brown went to Washington after stunning the Democrats by winning a 2010 special election for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat.

The two candidates agreed to take no outside money from Super PACs and other independent groups but still raised staggering amounts, with the GOP hoping to solidify its gains in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.

Warren stumbled early over questions of her claims of Indian heritage and her decision to identify herself as a minority in law school directories from 1986 to 1995.

Warren cast herself as a fighter for the middle class and portrayed Brown as beholden to “big oil” and “millionaires and billionaires.”

Brown was elected with Tea Party backing two years ago.

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