• Massachusetts Senate Race 2018: Ayyadurai, Diehl, Warren

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    BOSTON - The candidates in the U.S. Senate made their way across Massachusetts in a final push for voters.

    Incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Warren told a crowd Monday flipping the House and voting Democratic is vital to the preservation of health care and education funding. 

    Warren is heavily favored to defeat Republican Geoff Diehl, a state representative from Whitman, in what both supporters and detractors of the incumbent view as a potential warmup for a national race against Trump in 2020.

    The Democrat has portrayed her opponent as someone who would vote "100 percent of the time" to support Trump's agenda. Diehl was the co-chair of Trump's 2016 campaign in Massachusetts and doesn't hide his support for the president, though has promised if elected to vote first to protect the state's interests.

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    Diehl has charged that Warren is already looking past her current re-election campaign and would soon abandon Massachusetts to focus on a run for the White House.

    Warren, one of Trump's fiercest critics in Congress, hasn't exactly discouraged the speculation. She recently said she would take a "hard look" at running for president once the Senate election is over. And some have viewed her recent disclosure of DNA tests as an attempt to quiet the controversy — and frequent taunts from Trump — over her claims of Native American heritage.

    Shiva Ayyadurai, an independent running on the slogan "only a real Indian can defeat the fake Indian," is also on the ballot.

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