Underdog Again: Brown Faces Tough '12 Contest

By Will Roseliep

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Jan. 4, 2012

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Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks with reporters at Mul's Diner in Boston on Dec. 28, 2011. (Josh Reynolds/AP)


BOSTON — Sen. Scott Brown is branding himself the "underdog" in his fight for re-election. The junior senator faces stiff opposition from Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren.
 
Kelly Bates, the executive director of Access Strategies Fund, a left-leaning philanthropic foundation, agrees with Brown. She says that this time around, in new circumstances, there may not be a surprise victory for the man in the pickup truck.
 
"Scott Brown won in a special election. We're talking a four-, five-month campaign. No one even saw him coming," Bates says. "This is 2012, this is a presidential election, Barack Obama is going to be on the ticket when Elizabeth Warren is going to be on the ticket."
 
And to top it all off, Democratic voters are still smarting at the defeat of Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010.
 
Bates thinks the race will be close but predicts that Warren can succeed where Coakley fell short.



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