2012 Mass. Senate Race

Stories about the Brown-Warren Senate election in 2012.

High Stakes When School Is Out: The Lifelong Inequality Borne Of The Summer Learning Gap

June 22, 2015
Arthur Pearson and Jennifer Davis: "Lack of access to summer learning is part of a year-round cycle that contributes to the achievement gap between kids from high- and low-income households." 
 (12th St David/flickr)

Lack of access to summer learning is part of a year-round cycle that contributes to the achievement gap between kids from high- and low-income households.

Dear State And Federal Representatives: A Hotel Room Is Not A Home

June 19, 2015
Ben Jackson: "As a society, we must fight for people like me and like my daughter." (Nikolai Vassiliev/flickr)

As a society, we must fight for people like me and like my daughter.

Memo To Mass. Legislature: Increase Quality, Not Just Quantity, Of Early Childhood Education

June 18, 2015
Marie St. Fleur: "...what good is increased access to early childhood education without quality programs and teachers incentivized to stay in them?" (United Way of Massachusetts/flickr)

What good is increased access to early childhood education without quality programs and teachers incentivized to stay in them?

Spying On Americans, Then And Now

June 17, 2015
James Angleton, former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's counterintelligence division, being questioned in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 1975, by Frank Church, (D-Idaho) chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Harvey Georges/AP)

Forty years ago, the Church Committee probed into widespread — and illegal — spying on Americans. A look at the evolution of the public and political responses to government intrusions on its citizens’ privacy.

Life Skills 101: The Case For Teaching Dollars And Sense In All Mass. Classrooms

May 20, 2015
A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It's time to stop short-changing our kids. (Bearden/flickr)

A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It’s time to stop short-changing our kids.

Gov. Baker’s 2016 Budget Will Hurt The State’s Poorest Children And Schools

April 13, 2015
Mary Battenfeld: "Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. " Pictured: Gov. Charlie Baker smiles as he unveils his 2016 budget proposal during a news conference at the State House in Boston, March 4, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. 

What Would Be A Meaningful Vote On The Boston Olympics? Hint: Not A Referendum

April 02, 2015
Olympic city? Boston's skyline is illuminated at dusk as it reflects off the waters of Boston Harbor. Ahead of a 2017 vote by the International Olympic Committee to select a host city for the 2024 Summer Games, Massachusetts voters will have the chance to make their voices heard in an important vote about paying for the Olympics. Former gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk offers a primer to what that vote would mean, why it's different from a referendum, and why voters should care. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

A primer to how the state’s voters can pass a binding law, rather than cast a symbolic vote, about paying for a Boston Olympics — and why they should care.

Flapjacks And Flops: Why The Jokes At The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Were Beside The Point

March 26, 2015
Jimmy Tingle: "How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?" Pictured: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was among local, state and federal officials to celebrate the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast on March 15, 2015, hosted by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.
(City of Boston Mayor's Office/flickr)

How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?

The Curse Of The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

November 13, 2014
Why is it that a Massachusetts attorney general seeking higher office hasn't won in nearly half a century? Pictured: Former Massachusetts Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, who conceded defeat to her Republican rival Charlie Baker, Wednesday, November 5, 2014. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Why is it that a Massachusetts attorney general seeking higher office hasn’t won in nearly half a century?

The Mysterious Case Of The Vanishing Statehouse Reporters

July 18, 2014
Mark Leccese: "What do we lose when the local press isn't covering Beacon Hill?" (Jackie Sutherland/flickr)

What do we lose when the local press isn’t covering Beacon Hill?

Gabriel Gomez Loses: Why Scott Brown May Be Partly To Blame

June 26, 2013
Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, lost his bid against Democrat U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, who won the special election and will take the seat vacated by John Kerry. John Sivolella offers six key takeaways from the race. (Charles Krupa/AP)

That, and 5 other key takeaways from the U.S. Special Senate Election.

Gabriel Gomez: Vote For Me Because I'm An Independent Thinker

June 21, 2013
Editor's note: Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, June 25, to pick a new U.S. senator. As a service to our audience, we invited both candidates to present their best case for why they should be elected. Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez makes his case here. A link to his opponent's counterpoint can be found below.  In this photo, Gomez makes a point during a debate with Democratic Congressman Edward Markey, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the studios of WGBY in Springfield, Mass. (Dave Roback/AP, Pool)

I’m running for Senate because Washington badly needs change, and I’m the only candidate in this race who can bring it.

Edward Markey: Vote For Me Because I'll Work To Preserve The American Dream

June 21, 2013
Editor's note: Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday, June 25, to pick a new U.S. senator. As a service to our audience, we invited both candidates to present their best case for why they should be elected. Democratic candidate Edward Markey makes his case here. A link to his opponent's counterpoint can be found below. In this photo, Markey gestures during a campaign rally attended by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Boston. (Evan Vucci/AP)

This election is about who will best address the most pressing issues we face here in the Commonwealth and in our country.

Gomez, Markey Debate 'Painful To Watch'

June 06, 2013
Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, left, and Democrat Edward Markey clashed in their first U.S. Senate debate on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in Brighton. (Yoon S. Byun/ AP Pool)

The first U.S. Senate debate between Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey was largely lacking in zingers and, well, in unscripted passion.

State Of The Senate Race: Measuring The Odds For Gomez

May 09, 2013
This panel of 2013 file photos show Democrat U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, left, and Republican Gabriel Gomez, right, candidates for U.S. Senate in the June 24, 2013 special election, being held to fill the seat vacated when John Kerry was appointed as secretary of state. (AP)

Republican Gabriel Gomez is waging a steep uphill battle against veteran Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey. However, many voters consider Gomez’s newcomer status a “a breath of fresh air” in a polluted political climate.

Why You Really Have No Excuse Not To Vote In The Special Senate Primary

April 29, 2013
A voter casts his ballot on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Hardwick, Vt. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Turnout in Tuesday’s special senate primary will probably be low — almost no one is used to voting in April. But by rights this election should be a door-buster.

It’s Been A Bad Week For Stephen Lynch

March 07, 2013
Don't count him out though, says Chris Keohan. The congressman has made a habit of beating the odds -- especially when it comes to special elections. In this photo, Rep. Lynch at the WBUR studios, March 4, 2013. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Don’t count him out, though. Lynch has made a habit of beating the odds — especially when it comes to special elections.

GOP Should Reject Inappropriate ‘People’s Pledge’

February 25, 2013
John Sivolella: The pledge is an obvious tactic by Rep. Stephen Lynch, left, and Rep. Ed Markey to put the inexperienced Republican campaigns back on their heels early in the abbreviated special electon. (AP)

The pledge is an obvious tactic by the Democratic machine to put the Republican campaigns back on their heels early in the abbreviated campaign.

Sen. Warren Sworn-In Again

January 05, 2013
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan administers the oath of office to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Warren's husband, Bruce Mann, holds a bible during a re-enactment of Warren's Senate swearing-in ceremony at Roxbury Community College Saturday. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren held a reception and ceremonial swearing-in Saturday afternoon at Roxbury Community College.

Elizabeth Warren Sworn In As First Female Senator From Mass.

January 04, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who’s accompanied by her husband, Bruce Mann, during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill Thursday. (Cliff Owen/AP)

It was an ebullient Elizabeth Warren who appeared Thursday. Gone was the weariness from the long months of the campaign.

Dear John, Don’t Go: An Open Letter To Sen. Kerry

December 18, 2012
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Kerry, a top candidate to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, would get through confirmation hearings easily, colleagues said. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

John Kerry is seen as the likely pick to take over for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But what about us? What about the deal he made with his election weary constituents?

Mass. Democratic Party Chair: We’re Ready For Next Race

November 16, 2012
Massachusetts Democractic Party Chairman John Walsh in his office at the state party headquarters on Summer Street in Boston. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

John Walsh says if the president appoints Sen. John Kerry to his Cabinet, Mass. Democrats are ready to “start knocking on doors next weekend.”

Four Women, Four Votes: A Snapshot Of Election Day

November 14, 2012
From “any excuse to get out” to voting against “euthanasia” -- even among a like-minded bloc of elderly women, what drives people to the polls is almost always different and almost certainly surprising. (Charles Krupa/AP)

From “any excuse to get out” to voting against “euthanasia” — Margot Livesey discovers that even among a like-minded bloc of elderly women, what drives people to the polls is almost always different and almost certainly surprising.

Why Scott Brown Lost

November 09, 2012
Sen. Scott Brown, after his Election Night concession speech (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

For the GOP to make a comeback in Massachusetts, WBUR’s Republican analyst says it needs to be a more inclusive, creative, reform party.

Sen. Brown Not Sure Of Next Step After Defeat

November 08, 2012

In a letter to supporters Wednesday, Brown said he couldn’t have asked for better allies and friends during the campaign.

Fresh Off Win, Warren Outlines Goals In U.S. Senate

November 07, 2012

The senator-elect said her top priority remains helping strengthen and rebuild the middle class.

Analysis: Presidential Race, Gender Gap Affected Senate Outcome

November 07, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren greets supporters Tuesday morning outside of the Graham and Parks School in Cambridge. (Dominick Reuter/WBUR)

WBUR’s political analysts take a final look at Warren’s U.S. Senate election.

Democrat Warren Tops Brown In Mass. Senate Race

November 06, 2012
Democrat Elizabeth Warren waves to the crowd before giving her victory speech after defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race (Michael Dwyer/AP)

With her victory, Warren becomes the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts.

Maps: Complete 2012 Election Results

November 06, 2012
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Complete election day results for the 2012 presidential race and the state of Massachusetts.

Latest Updates: Election Day In Mass.

November 06, 2012
Democrat Elizabeth Warren gives her victory speech at her election party in the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel after defeating Sen. Scott Brown on Tuesday night. (Nicholas Dynan/WBUR)

Follow along for WBUR’s complete coverage of Election Day and Night.

Massachusetts U.S. Senate Race Issues

November 05, 2012
Repubilcan U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, campaign over the weekend. (AP)

A look back at our reporters coverage of the issues impacting the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.

Photos: Brown, Warren Rally Voters As Election Day Nears

November 05, 2012
Elizabeth Warren joins hands with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, after speaking at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday. (AP)

With the election closing in, Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, rally voters around Massachusetts.

U.S. Senate Candidates Take Final Swing Through Mass.

November 05, 2012
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, speak with supporters at a Brown campaign office in Walpole Monday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren on Monday made a last swing through the state.

Brown-Warren Race: Calculating A Win In Worcester County

November 05, 2012

While Brown is counting on enthusiasm to get his supporters to polls Tuesday, Warren is counting on organization.

Analysis: ‘Ticket-Splitters’ Critical For Brown Victory

November 05, 2012

WBUR’s political analysts take a final look at the race before Election Day.

Brown Campaigns With Weld, Warren With Kerry

November 05, 2012

Brown and Warren were joined Sunday on the trail by two former political rivals as they scrapped for votes in the waning hours of the Senate race.

Brown, Warren Make Final Campaign Push

November 05, 2012

Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, traversed the state over the weekend in the final countdown to Election Day.

Poll: Brown, Warren Very Close In U.S. Senate Race

November 05, 2012

The poll released Sunday shows Brown ahead by 1 percentage point among likely voters, 49 percent to 48 percent.

During Final Weekend, Brown, Warren Vie For Votes

November 04, 2012

Republican Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, are crisscrossing the state in this, the final weekend of the election campaign.

Brown Stresses Bipartisanship; Warren Appears With Patrick

November 03, 2012
Sen. Scott Brown's campaign bus pulls up to "Grumpy's Restaurant" in East Dennis, Mass., on Saturday. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Both candidates appeared at several rallies, geared up for crucial get-out-the-vote efforts in the nation’s most expensive Senate race, which could determine control of the U.S. Senate for the next two years.

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