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Battle Begins for John Kerry's U.S. Senate Seat in Massachusetts

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis 

Massachusetts U.S. Senator John Kerry nominated to be Secretary of State. And if there's one thing Massachusetts Democrats and Republicans agree on, he'll easily be confirmed.

Former State Rep. John Lepper (R-MA), said, "I don't think he'll have any problem at all with his nomination."

Former Attleboro City Councilor John Davis said, "To have one of his caliber chosen from Massachusetts is a great honor."

But there will then have to be a special election to fill Kerry's Senate seat.

Republicans are hoping that recently defeated Senator Scott Brown will run in the special election

Former State Rep. John Lepper (R-MA), said, "He's the type of representative  to represent the people of Massachusetts because he's done it ever since he was at the local level, and at the state level and now he's has had the experience at the national level."

While Attleboro is a republican stronghold, Brown also has great name recognition state wide.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Three years ago when Republican Scott Brown won the Senate seat, his race was the only one on the ballot. And he took home better than 70 percent of the independent Massachusetts voters."

But on the Democratic side there is speculation Ted Kennedy's son, Teddy Jr., or his widow Vicki may want to run.

Kerry's successors could include Congressmen Ed Markey and Steve Lynch

Democrats are confident.

Former City Council Member John Davis, (D-Attleboro) said, "Fortunately we are blessed here in Massachusetts with a great wealth of good Democratic candidates. We have several Congressman and big city Mayors."

No date is set, but the Massachusetts special election could happen in mid- to-late spring.


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