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Warren Close To Potential Run For Senate Against Brown

By Andrew Miga, Associated Press
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Special Advisor on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren at the White House on July 18, 2011. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Special Advisor on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Elizabeth Warren at the White House on July 18, 2011. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is taking steps toward a possible challenge of Republican Scott Brown, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts and a top Democratic target in 2012.

The 62-year-old Harvard law professor began contacting top Massachusetts Democrats on Thursday about a potential candidacy. A Democrat close to the national leadership told The Associated Press she plans to make a decision after Labor Day and will spend the next few weeks talking with voters and party activists. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about Warren’s plans, and requested anonymity.

National Democrats desperate to find a strong challenger to take back the Massachusetts seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy have been urging Warren to run. At President Barack Obama’s request last year, Warren set up a new consumer finance protection office.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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