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Lynch Exploring Run for Senate Seat

The congressman said he is giving "serious consideration" to a run for Senate.

Another Massachusetts Congressman is seriously considering a run for Sen. John Kerry’s seat in a special election this year.

Congressman Stephen Lynch is reportedly talking to “well-known political consultants” and planning a possible run in a Democratic primary, reported The Boston Herald.

“I am giving serious consideration to a run for the United States Senate and am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received in recent days,” Lynch said in a statement to the Herald.

The Democratic frontrunner to take Kerry’s seat is Congressman Ed Markey, who is the longest serving member of Congress from Massachusetts. Kerry and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, have already thrown their support behind Markey.

Outgoing Senator Scott Brown has not announced whether he will run for the seat on the Republican side.

Kerry's seat is going to become available if he is sworn in as the next Secretary of State. President Barack Obama nominated Kerry to the post last month.

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bob January 06, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Will the Democrats change the law again to suit themselves or will they actually ALLOW the people of this state to vote for themselves?
Neil January 07, 2013 at 04:23 PM
The special election law's short schedule -- 160 days -- makes a PRIMARY PROBLEMATIC because time is short, oftentimes the candidates are not well known outside their congressional district or the city they're mayor of, and sometimes negative narratives from a primary spill over into the general election. Nonetheless, a primary is the democratic way of allowing the public to pick their candidate when more than one candidate runs. The second problem with special election law is that voter turn tends to be low, which means fewer voters participate. I think we could arrange a schedule that s likely to product a high voter turnout , such as holding 'special election' for statewide office such as US Senator, on Election Day.

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