Elizabeth Warren Wins Re-Election To US Senate

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BOSTON (AP/WBZ-AM) -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, among her party's harshest critics of President Donald Trump, has won re-election in Massachusetts.

Warren on Tuesday defeated Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl, the Massachusetts co-chair of Trump's 2016 campaign, and independent Shiva Ayaddurai.

"I am deeply grateful, and I promise I will never stop working my heart out for you--never," Warren told crowds at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston. "It has been a tough two years, but together, we have marched, together we have run, together we have persisted, and insisted that our voices be heard, that our votes be counted, and that our values be respected."

Warren has generated considerable speculation about a possible run for the White House in 2020, recently saying she'd take a "hard look" at a presidential bid after the Senate race was over.

The former Harvard Law School professor recently released a DNA test suggesting that a distant ancestor was Native American, an effort to rebut Trump's frequent mockery of her claim to Native American heritage.

Diehl claimed Warren was ready to abandon Massachusetts to run for president. Warren countered that Diehl, if elected, would be a rubber stamp in Washington for Trump's agenda.

In a speech to his supporters shortly after 9 p.m., Diehl told about 150 of his supporters at the Whitman VFW that he had called Warren to congratulate her on her victory. 

"Unfortunately we came up short on this final goal, but I am proud of the honest and principaled campaign that we ran," Diehl said. "I gave it my all, you gave it your all."

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