June 2, 2012

Elizabeth Warren's video played at the 2012 Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Springfield, MA.

There was some doubt that Warren could keep her challenger from gaining the necessary 15% to force a primary. Open seats are always contested in Massachusetts via a primary. Well not anymore. Warren scored a resounding 95% support.

(NEWSER) – Elizabeth Warren won her state party's endorsement today without a runoff and gave a fiery speech to about 3,500 Democratic delegates in Springfield, Mass. “If that’s all you’ve got, Scott Brown, I’m ready,” said the Senate candidate, referring to accusations that she has claimed American Indian ancestry unfairly to boost her academic career. “And let me be clear. I am not backing down. I didn’t get in this race to fold up the first time I got punched.”

Warren's nomination was a foregone conclusion, but rival Marisa DeFranco, an immigration lawyer, needed only 15% of the vote to force a runoff. Intensive lobbying and the support of Gov. Deval Patrick crushed even that chance, leaving DeFranco with less than 5% of the vote, the New York Times reports.

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