Newton Mayor Setti Warren will announce today that he is withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race. Mayor Warren has run a strong campaign, but has been caught in the Democratic stampede towards Elizabeth Warren. The latest Public Policy Poll, which measured the Democratic primary field, showed Elizabeth Warren with an overwhelming lead over the rest of the field. Elizabeth Warren stood at 55%, Alan Khazei at 9%, Tom Conroy at 7%, Bob Massie and Marisa DeFranco at 2%, and Setti Warren and Herb Robinson at 1%. 22% were undecided. On top of the big lead of Elizabeth Warren she also enjoys a large lead in name recognition. Catching up only in that area would require a good amount of cash. That is not going to be there for any of the other candidates, with the possible exception of Khazei.
With numbers like that campaign money would have been increasingly difficult to find for Mayor Warren. Elizabeth Warren is deploying national fundraising muscle, and will be adequately funded throughout this race, which on the Democratic side is effectively over. Elizabeth Warren will be the nominee, with all due respect to the remaining candidates.
It should be quite a race between Senator Brown and Professor Warren. The video that seems to be crystallizing the debate to come is posted below.