CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS -- Democrat Elizabeth Warren is predicted to win the race for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, unseating incumbent Scott Brown.
Media reports say Warren defeated Brown by 53 percent to 47 percent.
Warren’s apparent victory capped off a closely contested race, and brings the senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy back into Democratic hands. Brown won the seat in a 2010 special election after Kennedy’s death.
In conceding shortly after 10:30 p.m., Brown thanked supporters, and told them to “respect the judgement of the people.
“You and I have waged a great campaign,” he told supporters. “We stood strong in the fight, and we stand strong now, even in disappointment.”
Brown said he sent a message of congratulations to Warren. “She won it fair and square,” he said.
“It’s been a wonderful ride,” Brown said.
The Senator ran a grass-roots style campaign where he heavily courted Central Massachusetts voters. Brown made frequent trips to the area, making appearances in Shrewsbury, Auburn, and Grafton in the last month, and carried Central Massachusetts.
That wasn't enough to beat Warren, who primarily appeared in the Boston area. In October, Warren held a rally in Worcester, and her husband, Bruce Mann, made a stop at Dean Park Pizza in Shrewsbury. More recently, she made a stop in Auburn.
Gov. Deval Patrick praised Warren for being a “compelling candidate” who represented progress. “That’s a backbone,” he said.
Here's how Central Mass. has voted:
Auburn: Brown 5,096; Warren 3,697
Grafton: Brown: 5,447; Warren: 3,988
Holden: Brown 6,358; Warren 4,158
Leicester: Brown: 3,290; Warren: 2,215
Millbury: Brown: Republican 3,981; Warren: 2,795
Northborough: Brown: 4,733; Warren: 3,624
Shrewsbury: Brown 9,990; Warren 8,039
Southborough: Brown 3,347; Warren 2,464
Westborough: Brown: 4,780; Warren: 4,173