There is a common misconception that Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic nominee for Senate against Scott Brown.

She is not.

There is a primary contest on September 6.  And the only other announced candidate just filed her petitions:

U.S. Senate candidate Marisa DeFranco will drop off more than 10,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, validating her primary run against Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic battle to unseat Republican Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race.

DeFranco, a federal immigration lawyer in Middleton, has worked against the odds to remain one of the two Democratic contenders in a Senate race once made up of several notable politicians all aspiring to take on Brown in November.

DeFranco has raised almost no money, while Warren has raised tens of millions, including heaps of cash from Wall Street.

As indicated in the video below, DeFranco would have to get 15% of the vote at the nominating convention on June 2 in order to make it to the ballot in September.

Three weeks ago, that prospect would have seemed dim.  But are the delegates willing to head into the fall with only one candidate, someone on whom the next shoe could drop?

(Part 2 of interview here)

Update: I received an e-mail from Kevin Franck, Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party:

I’m kinda surprised by this line in your post that just went up:

As indicated in the video below, DeFranco would have to get 15% of the vote at the nominating convention on June 2 in order to make it to the ballot in September.

Three weeks ago, that prospect would have seemed dim.

Why would you think that here prospects of passing the 15% threshold were dim?

I think that’s a fair point. I just assumed, because Warren so dominates all the discussion and fundraising, that the party would unite around her at the convention. If that was not the case prior to three weeks ago, then it certainly should not be the case on June 2 – and there will be a primary election in September.