Despite delivering stirring speeches for Democratic midterm candidates — and raising her own national profile — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren couldn’t deliver enough voters to the polls. But, as she said repeatedly yesterday, she has only just begun to “fight” for what she believes in.
Warren was one of the most visible Democrats on the stump, traveling thousands of miles to back more than a dozen congressional and gubernatorial candidates at rallies and fundraisers, and through ads. But only a handful emerged as winners.
Reports and records show Warren either raised money or campaigned in 13 Senate races. Eight of those candidates lost, four won, and in Louisiana, the election is heading to a runoff because neither candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote. Pollsters place GOP challenger Bill Cassidy ahead of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a head-to-head competition, meaning Warren’s losing streak could grow.
“It was a bad night for Elizabeth Warren,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. But as bad as the Democrats’ returns were on election night, O’Connell said Warren “is still viable in 2016.” Stumping even for losing candidates can develop goodwill and build a national reputation.