Though Election Tuesday was a disaster for their party, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a better night than potential 2016 presidential primary opponent Hillary Clinton.
Out of 11 candidates Warren either stumped or raised money for this year, six won their races and five lost, reports The Washington Times
. In comparison, former secretary of State Clinton, who like Warren is being mentioned as a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, stumped and raised funds for 22 candidates, with eight winning and 14 losing their races.
Two other prominent Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden and outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, also rang up tallies that lagged far behind Warren's. Not only did O'Malley's pick for his successor, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, lose his race to Republican Larry Hogan in a state that's traditionally blue, but he marked the worst endorsement track record of the group, with eight wins and 17 losses.
Biden's record was very close to O'Malley's with eight wins and 16 losses.
Warren has vowed that she's not planning a presidential run, but her successful endorsements in the midterms could help turn party attitudes towards her. However, the candidates she backed in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Iowa, three states key to overall control of the Senate, all lost their races.
Part of O'Malley's problem was that he backed long-shot candidates like Wendy Davis for governor of Texas and Jason Carter for Georgia governor.
Warren's successes may also be seen as proof that her party needs to move away from its centrist stance, as embraced by Clinton and Biden, to a more liberal side and that the party should embrace its left-leaning candidates more, pundits say.
"Voters — especially those who turn out in presidential years for Democrats — are looking for bold solutions to the income inequality crisis, not campaigns and candidates that look and sound like slightly better versions of Republicans," Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the liberal PAC Democracy for America, told The Times.
Warren had a great deal at stake in Tuesday's elections, even though she wasn't running for herself, reports The Boston Herald
, and her pro-working-class message works on the podium, said Democratic strategist Mike Lux.
"I think the country right now is moving in an economic populist direction," Lux told The Herald.
In addition, Warren took that message into many states where President Barack Obama was not being welcomed to campaign for Democrats, and every time she acknowledged that she did not always agree with the candidates for whom she was stumping.
And even in New Hampshire, where Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said it did not "make sense for the president" to come campaign, Warren relentlessly pushed for Shaheen to defeat Scott Brown, who Warren herself defeated in a 2012 Massachusetts Senate race.
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