Warren cast herself as a fighter for the middle class and portrayed Brown as beholden to “big oil” and “millionaires and billionaires.”
Brown was elected with tea party backing two years ago but steered a more centrist course in the Senate. During his campaign against Warren, he downplayed his GOP roots and touted instances in which he broke with his party, including supporting the creation of the financial watchdog agency and backing the rights of gays to serve openly in the military.
In Newburyport, voters favored Warren by 5,752 to 5,151. Brown won in Amesbury by 4,345 to 4,039. Broen also won in Salisbury.
Peter Flynn of Newburyport put his support behind Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate and John Tierney for the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I think Warren is the best candidate and that is not taking anything away from Scott Brown,” he said. “(For Congress) I’ve known Tierney for a long time, and don’t think he should be denied because of his wife’s family.”
Mary Ann Lawler of Newburyport said she voted primarily for Democratic candidates, except that she opted for Brown, a Republican.
“I think Brown has done a pretty good job,” she said. “It would have been nice if Tierney had been more honest about his situation, but I think he’s been an effective congressman.”