In what was the costliest senate race in state history, Democratic Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren topped Republican Scott Brown who took the seat in 2010 after the death of Ted Kennedy. YNN’s Madeleine Rivera has more now from Pittsfield.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- "It's one of the most important elections in the country in a long time," said Peter Menard, a Pittsfield resident and voter.
He echoes the feelings of thousands of Massachusetts voters who came out to the polls. Their votes have been counted and Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law School professor, is heading to Washington.
"For every family that has been chipped, and squeezed, and hammered, we're going to fight for a level playing field, and we're going to put people back to work," said Elizabeth Warren in her victory speech.
This ends the most expensive Senate race in the state's history with both parties spending a combined total of almost $70 million.
"I've lost a race before, it's not fun, and I want everybody here to join with me to cheering Scott Brown and his family for their efforts," John Kerry at the Democrats' victory speech.
Warren and former Republican Senator Scott Brown have continuously disagreed with each other on multiple issues like tax reform, health care, and gun control laws. Throughout the campaign, Warren's tried to present herself as a consumer advocate.
"When a consumer goes out to shop, to decide to get a credit card, to take out a mortgage or car loan, you can't really compare the product," said Warren in a previous interview.
She takes back the Democrat's seat, a seat which Ted Kennedy held for 47 years until Scott Brown came into office in 2010.
"You took on the powerful Wall Street banks and special interests, and you let them know, you want a Senator who'll be out there fighting for the middle class all of the time," said Warren.
Warren is the first female senator from Massachusetts.