Warren off to fast start in Mass. Senate race

By ANDREW MIGA | October 5, 2011 | 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — First-time candidate Elizabeth Warren has eclipsed her five Democratic rivals and emerged as the leading challenger to Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown just three weeks after launching her campaign.

Warren, a consumer advocate and Harvard law professor, is largely untested on the campaign trail. So her fast start has relieved and energized many Democrats who had been clamoring for a major challenger for months in their hopes to reclaim the seat once held by Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Warren is far outpacing the other Democratic candidates — they poll in single digits while she polled at 38 percent, about even with Brown in a recent poll.