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Elizabeth Warren Enters Mass. Senate Race

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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BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is jumping into the Massachusetts race against Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

A Massachusetts Democrat familiar with Warren’s plans told The Associated Press that she would announce her candidacy on Wednesday. The Democrat requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

Democrats have been seeking a major challenger for the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Warren is a Harvard Law professor tapped by President Barack Obama last year to set up a new consumer protection agency, but congressional Republicans opposed her becoming the director.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz spoke to the Setti Warren campaign about the news:

Supporters say her image as a crusader against well-heeled Wall Street interests and her national profile will give her candidacy muscle, though she’s never run for political office.

Also running for the Democratic nomination is Newton Mayor Setti Warren (no relation) and City Year co-founder Alan Khazei.

Khazei welcomed Elizabeth Warren into the race saying, “competition is good for the Democratic Party and the Commonwealth.”

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