Elizabeth Warren Becomes Undisputed Champion of Massachusetts Democrats

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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.

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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.

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Elizabeth Warren Leaps Over Primary Challenge In Massachusetts [NPR]

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Don't put too much faith in the Globe's polling. They rely on Andy Smith from UNH, whose polling is frequently questionable. [blog.thephoenix.com] or a look at the biased way he samples: [concordfactcheck.com] In 2006, he refused for a while to include candidate Carol Shea Porter, who was running for NH's first congressional district seat. He insisted she wasn't a "real" candidate. Once he had to include her, he always found a way to show that she couldn't possibly win. After she won the primary, he was still insisting she couldn't possibly beat Congressman Jeb Bradley, the incumbent Republican, and personal friend of Andy Smith's. He said that all the way up till election day, when CSP beat Bradley. When she beat him again in 2008, Smith insisted that most people don't even know who their Congressperson is. He was desperate to avoid giving her any kind of credit. If Smith is saying Warren is behind, take that witha grain of salt. I don't know why he still has a job. [www.bluehampshire.com]