Senate race becomes Bay State's most expensive

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July 24, 2012, 10:37 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Brockton, Mass.) - Fund-raising has not been a problem for Massachusetts' U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

Donors both in and out-of-state have been padding their campaign coffers, with more than $46 million infused into the race through the end of June.

There's still nearly three months left until this election, and this is already the most expensive race in the state's history.
"I think people realize, this election is a big deal for the entire country," said Warren.
Senator Brown's campaign is touting the fact that about 60 percent of his donations were from Bay State donors, while about 60 percent of Warren's donations came from out-of-state.
"We are extremely grateful for the strong showing of support for Senator Brown from the people at home who know him best," said Brown's campaign finance director.
But Warren says this race has implications far beyond Massachusetts' borders.
"Well, because this may be the race that determines whether or not the Democrats hang on to the Senate or the Republicans take the Senate over," said Warren.
Political analyst and Tufts University professor Jeff Berry says when it comes down to it, the bigger concern is not where the money is coming from, but being outspent by your opponent.

So far Brown has more than $19 million, while Warren has more than $24 million.
"So each candidate is in danger if they don't raise what the other candidate is raising, they'll be at a disadvantage," said Berry.
According to the new MassINC Pulse Quarterly poll, Warren has a two percent lead over Brown - 40-38 percent - a statistical dead heat.
"I'd be out here talking about the same thing every day whether I was 20 points ahead or 20 points behind," said Warren.
"It's going to be a close race. Polls will come down, but the only pole that matters is the one on Election Day," said Brown's campaign.
"At this point it looks like it's not so much a matter of preference anymore but of turnout, which party gets their voters to the polls is probably going to dictate who wins the election," said Berry.

Tags: Scott Brown, Alysha Palumbo, money, politics, Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Berry, campaigns, MA Senate race 2012, expense, campaign donors
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