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Elizabeth Warren, consumer advocate, begins US Senate run in Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren is running for the US Senate seat currently held by Sen. Scott Brown. Elizabeth Warren is the Harvard professor who worked to establish a consumer protection agency in the Obama administration.

Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, center, talks with supporters at the J & M Diner in Framingham, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 14, during her first day of campaigning for a shot at challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012 for his U. S. Senate seat.

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Elizabeth Warren is turning her attention from protecting US consumers to serving Massachusetts constituents in the US Senate.

Wednesday, the Harvard law professor kicked off her statewide campaign to defeat Sen. Scott Brown and recapture the seat once held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Brown won a special election in January of last year to fill out Kennedy's unexpired term, following the Democratic senator's death in August of 2009.

Warren began her campaign Wednesday morning by meeting with commuters in Boston. By the end of the first day, she was expected to travel to several Massachusetts cities and towns in the central and western part of the state.

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