Elizabeth Warren makes her mark on 2016

Elizabeth Warren makes her mark on 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quietly influencing the presidential race, even with Sen. Bernie Sanders emerging as the primary liberal foil to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

The Massachusetts Democrat, who shunned loud calls for her to mount a White House bid, has largely seen the national spotlight shift to Sanders (I-Vt.), whose campaign won backing from the Ready for Warren diehards and whose stump speeches have drawn massive crowds across the country.

Still, Warren is picking her spots, as she looks to shape debates taking place both on the campaign trail and in Congress.

“Elizabeth Warren has the unique ability, especially for a non-presidential candidate, to put an issue on the map,” said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org — one of the groups behind a separate Run Warren Run campaign that ended in June.

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