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Epic Mass. Senate Battle Races Toward Election Day

   BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters are facing a stark choice as the state’s epic Senate battle races toward Election Day.

They’ll have to decide whether to return a popular Republican incumbent to office or elect the state’s first woman to the US Senate, a Democrat making her debut political campaign.

The contest pitting Scott Brown against Elizabeth Warren has been one of the hardest fought and most personal political dogfights in Bay State history.

It’s by far the most expensive. Brown and Warren have already spent a combined $68 million on the race.

One of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats is not the only thing riding on the election.

There’s also the balance of power in the Senate, now in the hands of Democrats. Both parties see the contest as key to their path to political control of the chamber.