While presidential candidates President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney have dominated election coverage, the Massachusetts Senate race is arguably the second-hottest race in the country. The crucial race between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren is leaving the nation wondering if the Democratic Party will be able to sustain their present majority in the senate. On Tuesday, the fourth debate between the two candidates was canceled after Brown withdrew, citing Hurricane Sandy.
There are currently 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans in the Senate, so with one-third of the seats up for grabs, there is a real chance the GOP can win a majority of the seats. Thus, these elections are crucial for President Obama. A continuance of a Democratic majority may give the president an added sense of security if he is able to secure a second term come Election Day.
Harvard Law School professor and consumer advocate Warren has prided herself on going after Wall Street banks. Through her tireless advocacy she helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was a central component of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act passed in 2010. This legislation allows citizens to file complaints about credit card fraud, or seek assistance when applying for a loan or mortgage.
To file a complaint with the CFPB, one must make an account on their website. Complaints can come in a variety of forms. For instance, in the event that a consumer is at odds with their credit card company over a billing error, they can provide the CFPB with a detailed description of the problem. In return the CFPB will contact the credit card company directly and assess options the consumer can take to resolve the issue. This is one of the many ways this organization is helping citizens more directly than prior to the legislation’s enactment. Their mission is to prevent and eventually eliminate corporate greed as a society norm.
Although Scott Brown is running on the Republican ticket, his partisanship didn’t stop a significant portion of Massachusetts Democrats to vote for him in the 2010 special election against Martha Coakley. As of October 31 the aggregate tally of independent polls by Real Clear Politics has Warren leading Brown by 4.5%.
Brown and Warren participated in their third debate on October 10. The candidates addressed the topics of health care, equal wages for women, abortion, and contraception.
“I want to be blunt, we should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work and access to birth control in 2012” said Warren. This bold statement certainly comes as a surprise to her liberal platform.
Brown and Warren’s fourth and final debate was scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 30. However, due to the thousands of Bay State residents affected by Hurricane Sandy, the event has been canceled. Both candidates took the opportunity to visit disaster struck areas in Massachusetts on Tuesday.
In comparison to the poll numbers earlier this month, Brown and Warren are virtually tied today. The Boston Globe released a poll on Monday, October 29 indicating that both Brown and Warren each polling at 47%. Meanwhile, a Suffolk University/7 News released Tuesday shows Warren up by seven.
Which one is more accurate?
Tune in on the night of November 6.