Kennedy Successor May Come Soon

Massachusetts Dems say they've got the votes in both houses
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2009 4:06 PM CDT
Sen. Edward Kennedy.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It's possible that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be able to name a senator to fill Ted Kennedy's seat sometime next week, the Boston Globe reports. Proponents of the plan say they've now got enough votes, barely, in both state chambers to pull it off. The situation is diciest in the Senate, where Republicans could yet gum up the works with parliamentary maneuvers. But if things hold, Patrick could have a bill to sign by Friday.