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Warren to Launch Senate Bid

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Elizabeth Warren, the Obama administration adviser on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, smiles before testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

Elizabeth Warren’s hat is almost officially in the ring. The architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to announce a campaign for the U.S. Senate against Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown next year. Brown won the seat in January 2010 in a special election following Ted Kennedy’s death. A recent Massachusetts poll showed that Brown leads Warren by a margin of 44 to 35 percent. The race is expected to be closely watched in 2012.