An ex-Republican frontrunner for the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts is taking credit for the surprise announcement by Senator Elizabeth Warren that she will not run for president in 2020.

Shiva Ayyadurai, who is running now as an Independent, has made Warren’s ancestry a focal point of his Senate campaign. In the year since announcing his candidacy, the Mumbai-born biomedical engineer has sent Warren two DNA kits to corner the progressive senator about whether she has Native American heritage.

“My bold and relentless DNA-test challenge has scared the hell out of not only Elizabeth Warren but also the Massachusetts GOP establishment,” Ayyadurai said in a phone interview Tuesday. “They both know that only a real Indian can defeat the fake Indian.”

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