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Warren pushes Brown out of Kennedy Senate seat

Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren apparently has pushed Republican Scott Brown out of the U.S. Senate long held by Ted Kennedy that he occupied during a special election in 2010 at the height of the fight in Washington over Obamacare.

Warren was getting 53 percent of the vote to Brown’s 47 percent with partial returns tabulated.

Polling in the contentious race went down to the wire with a University of Massachusetts-Lowell/Boston Herald poll taken two days before the election showing Brown with a one-point advantage.

On her campaign site, Warren accused Brown of siding with oil companies and favoring the wealthy.

Brown countered on his site and in television ads showing how he has acted in defense of the middle class.

Massachusetts voters showed a flair for crossing the aisle and mixing their votes. Some who voted for Warren said they also voted for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Brown won the seat in a January 2010 special election after the death of long-time Sen. Edward Kennedy from cancer.

In a closely watched U. S. House race to fill the seat left open by the retirement of Barney Frank, Joseph Kennedy, III, the grandson of the late attorney general and Sen. Robert Kennedy, easily defeated second-time candidate Sean Bielat.

Kennedy won 63 percent of the vote.

In another Massachusetts U. S. House race, embattled Democratic incumbent John Tierney, whose wife was convicted in 2011 of money laundering profits from an illegal casino, clung to a narrow lead over challenger Richard Tisei.

Tisei’s close race is attributed to voter distrust of long-time politicians and the alleged gridlock on Washington.