Despite controversy over her dubious Cherokee heritage, Elizabeth Warren secured more than 95 percent of the delegate vote Saturday at Massachusetts' Democratic Convention, all but assuring voters in the state's looming senatorial race that incumbent Scott Brown will prove himself a big jerk and resort to his old body snarking tactics.
NPR reports that Warren easily avoided a primary contest with immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco, and is now able to focus all of her energy on what will probably be a tight contest with Brown. Controversy surrounding reports that Warren told law schools at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American (her campaign has maintained that she's 1/32 Native American) didn't seem to hamper her primary bid — 72 percent of voters, according to the New York Times presents the The Boston Globe, said it wouldn't affect their vote. Those voters, though, are Democratic primary voters, so they'd probably vote for a really charismatic tortoise if it could scowl with justifiable derision at Scott Brown. Warren will still have to convince the 31 percent of self-described independents who've been jaded by all this genealogical speculation that she'd make a good senator.