Monday night's U.S. Senate debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren is the second of four in this highly contested race, which is being watched closely across the country as Republicans try to hold onto the seat for dear life. Tonight's debate begins at 7pm from the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts, where PolicyMic will be covering and live-blogging the event. The debate comes in the wake of two new polls showing Warren leading the senator, including a new WBUR poll released on Monday showing Warren ahead of Brown by two percentage points, 46% to 44%. This comes one day after The Boston Globe released its own survey showing Warren with a 43% to 38% lead over the incumbent. Tonight's debate will be moderator by Meet the Press host David Gregory.
The debate on Monday can be seen on national television at 7pm on C-SPAN, which is also live-streaming it on c-span.org. It's also being live-streamed on The Boston Herald's website. Locally, the debate can be watched on WHDH-TV and New England Cable News. On the radio, it will be broadcast on WBZ-AM 1030 and WRKO-AM 680. The third debate will be held on October 10, and the fourth and final debate on October 30. Details on coverage of those will be forthcoming.
This race has major national implications, as Republicans are not only trying to take the White House, but the senate as well, where Democrats hold a six-seat advantage over the GOP. Among likely Massachusetts voters, Brown and Warren both enjoy a 53% favorability rating. According to the Globe poll, when it comes to independents, Brown’s favorability is 67%, compared to Warren’s 43%. However, one serious disadvantage Brown has is the presence of Mitt Romney on this year’s ballot. The former Massachusetts governor will not only lose his home state, but he has an extremely low favorability rating of 33% among likely Massachusetts voters, while 60% view him unfavorably. That is in stark contrast to Barack Obama, who enjoys a favorability rating of 63%.
Brown may very well be done in by the preponderance of Obama voters in this year’s election, whose turnout is expected to be significantly higher than it was during the January 2010 special election. The Massachusetts Democratic Party has been engaging in a massive get-out-the-vote campaign in this heavily-Democratic state, and believe the more people vote, the better its chances are of retaking what Brown has described as “the people’s seat.” Polls have see-sawed back and forth between Brown and Warren in recent months, but only one of the eight polls taken since the beginning of September show Brown leading.