Her tough analysis of the financial crisis made her a darling of the television interview circuit, especially with liberals such as Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow.
“What you find in Elizabeth Warren is someone who is going to be an active player in the game, and that’s appealing,” said Mark Weld, 50, a Manchester real estate investor who voted for her.
The candidates posed clear questions to voters. Brown’s final pitch was “people over party,” a plea to weigh individual character over ideology in a state where the national GOP is scorned. Warren said it came down to “whose side are you on,” an attempt to draw a bright line between the parties and to embrace Democrats’ bedrock ideal that an expanded government would bolster the middle class.
Despite both candidates’ ability to inspire a nation of donors and supporters, their campaign was fought on a relatively narrow bandwidth, with neither offering a specific vision for the future. Brown campaigned on bipartisanship, family, and with attacks on Warren’s legal work and her undocumented claims of Native American heritage.
Throughout the campaign, the dynamics of the race changed little.
Republicans banked on Brown’s popularity, his moderate reputation, and the belief that Obama supporters could be persuaded to split their tickets to balance the state’s representation in Congress. Democrats believed a well-financed candidate in a presidential election could simply overwhelm Brown’s efforts.
Stephanie Ebbert, Mark Arsenault, and Billy Baker of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Noah Bierman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Frank Phillips can be reached at email@example.com.