In this race, Democrats built a stronger organization that was ultimately too much for Brown, particularly with Obama at the top of the ticket. In Warren, they also had a candidate with star power, fund-raising prowess, and a natural connection to the liberal base.
Brown was emotional but gracious Tuesday night, saying he accepted his loss, though it was not the result he wanted. “For me, it was an honor to carry your flag,” he said, “even only if for a little while.”
Mark Arsenault of the Globe staff contributed to this report.