UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 14: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., attends a Senate Banking Urban Affairs Committee hearing in Dirksen Building on Janet Yellen's confirmation to head the Federal Reserve. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For their part, Warren officials say they expect GOP-aligned outside groups to be involved in the race. They say that more than 16,000 state residents have donated to Warren’s campaign, and they point out the senator has requested that Republican candidates sign another so-called “People’s Pledge.”

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a conservative talk radio host, also is considering running – though how serious, or viable, he is remains unclear. A Suffolk University poll last October found Warren leading Schilling by 58-24 percent.

Presuming challengers emerge, an off-year election could be more difficult for Warren, said Donald Brand, a political science professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

“Off-year elections are more of a challenge for Democrats nationwide,” Brand said.

He said he’s not betting against the incumbent, and expects out-of-state money to come to her aid. “Schilling is an iconic sports hero, comparable to Tom Brady, but he would have to be a lot more disciplined to run a viable campaign,” Brand said. “I would anticipate that the Democratic elite nationally would rally to her if it’s a tight race.”

Popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker also is up for re-election next year. So, could a flood of Democratic money in the state for the Warren race actually hurt what could otherwise be an easy race for Baker?

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Gabriel Gomez, who is allegedly considering a keep running for Warren’s seat one year from now, as indicated by the Cohasset Mariner.Gomez, a previous Navy pilot turned SEAL, ran unsuccessfully in a unique decision in 2013 for the Senate situate cleared by then-Sen. John Kerry.

“It’s truly ensuring we have a perfectly clear methodology in the event that we choose to go, in light of the fact that I do think whoever chooses to go up against this test there is a way to triumph against Miss Warren,” expressed Gomez.

“The stray pieces is that there’s a reasonable qualification on who is extremely arranged to serve the state in the limit of the senatorship, and that is the extent that I’ll go on that,” he included, declining to give additionally subtle elements.

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