Massachusetts: Brown kicks off re-election campaign

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is officially kicking off his re-election campaign with a rally in Worcester.

Brown is timing the Thursday evening event to coincide with the anniversary of his special election win in 2010 that catapulted him into the office once held by the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The Massachusetts Republican is facing a tough re-election campaign and has already cast himself as the underdog. Brown’s chief rival is Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

In recent weeks, Brown has pushed to cast himself as an independent voice in the Senate. On Wednesday he released a new campaign video touting that record.

Brown has broken with his party on several key votes, most recently to support President Barack Obama’s decision to name Richard Cordray as the nation’s chief consumer watchdog despite the objections of most Senate Republicans.

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