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Democrat Markey Wins Massachusetts Senate Seat

He fends off Republican Gabriel Gomez in special election for Kerry's seat

(Newser) - Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won today's special election in Massachusetts for the Senate seat recently vacated by John Kerry. The 66-year-old Markey beat Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez, 47, a former Navy SEAL and businessman. Markey had 54% of the vote with about 90% of returns counted. More »

First Republican Jumps Into Race for Kerry's Seat

Others publicly mulling a run

(Newser) - After being rebuffed by Scott Brown , Tagg Romney , William Weld, and Kerry Healey, Massachusetts Republicans finally have at least one candidate for Senate. State Rep. Daniel Winslow, who had previously said that he was "99% certain" he'd run, yesterday told the Boston Globe he was "going to... More »

Tagg Romney Rules Out Mass. Senate Bid

Mass. GOP scrambles to find Brown alternative

(Newser) - Looks like Massachusetts voters won't be getting another chance to elect a Romney after all, unless Ann steps in. Following reports that GOP leaders were interested , Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, has announced that he won't be seeking the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. "I have... More »

Scott Brown Will Pass on Senate Run

Democrats now likely to keep the seat

(Newser) - Scott Brown has decided against running for John Kerry's Senate seat in the upcoming special election, he confirmed today in a text message to the Boston Herald . "U are the first to know," his text read. The move all but dashes the GOP's hopes of retaking... More »

Barney Frank on Senate: 'Coach, Put Me In!'

Former congressman admits he'd like John Kerry's seat

(Newser) - Barney Frank wants to temporarily fill John Kerry's probably-soon-to-be-empty Senate seat, and he's not making a secret of it. "I'm not going to be coy. It's not something I've ever been good at. I've told the governor that I would now like, frankly,... More »

Scott Brown: Senate Run Is 'Awfully Tempting'

He takes early jab at potential opponent Ed Markey

(Newser) - Scott Brown is already throwing jabs at Ed Markey, the man Democrats might nominate to fill John Kerry's Senate seat. When WTKK-FM asked Brown if he'd run to replace Kerry, he laughed and replied, "I'll tell you what; they're making it awfully tempting. You got... More »

Affleck Also Not Running for Senate

Joins Ted Kennedy Jr. in declining to run for Kerry's seat

(Newser) - Ben Affleck is done being coy about his political ambitions, and is joining the growing list of people who won't be running for John Kerry's Senate seat, reports Politico . "I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office," Affleck wrote on... More »

Who Gets John Kerry's Senate Seat?

Scott Brown is a good bet, but Kennedys are dropping hints

(Newser) - John Kerry's confirmation hearings for secretary of State haven't yet started, but that's not stopping quite a crowd from measuring the drapes for his Senate office. According to Massachusetts state law, Gov. Deval Patrick would appoint Kerry's successor—likely a placeholder—then a special election would... More »

Ben Affleck for Senate? He Won't Say

Plus, Putin offers Depardieu a Russian passport

(Newser) - John Kerry is likely to leave his Massachusetts Senate seat to become secretary of state, and the rumor mill has now churned out one Ben Affleck to add to the list of his possible replacements. Affleck was actually meeting with Kerry and other lawmakers in DC yesterday to talk about... More »

Elizabeth Warren Goes to Washington

Will she hold fast to populist stances, or learn art of compromise?

(Newser) - Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren is heading back to Washington, this time riding in as a member of the very institution that sent her unceremoniously packing over her anti-Wall Street rhetoric and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the New York Times takes a look at what sort of legislator the latest... More »

Clutch Senate Races to Watch Tomorrow

From Maine to Montana, here are the ones that could come down to the wire

(Newser) - The presidential race isn't the only one that will be decided tomorrow. Nearly as important is the fierce battle for control of the Senate. When the campaign season began, a GOP takeover there seemed assured, but now Democrats appear favored to remain in control, Real Clear Politics reports. Here... More »

Scott Brown Pays Homeless to Be His 'Supporters'

Warren backer shouts racial slur at them

(Newser) - The Scott Brown campaign has admitted that it has been paying homeless people to demonstrate in Boston's working-class Roxbury neighborhood with signs declaring themselves "Obama Supporters for Brown." Benjamin Thomas, the former city elections commissioner running the operation, tells the Boston Herald that these "supporters" are... More »

Brown, Warren Both Falter in 2nd Debate

Brown gets snarky; Warren fumbles on bipartisanship

(Newser) - Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren faced off last night in the second debate of the pivotal Massachusetts senate race—and both candidates suffered some awkward moments, writes Glen Johnson in the Boston Globe . Republican Brown was booed after telling an interrupting Warren, "Excuse me, I'm not a student... More »

Native American Mag Rips 'Ugly' Brown 'War Whoops' Rally

'Mocking' dig against Warren heritage sparks uproar

(Newser) - A native American news magazine has slammed the "ugly side" and "racist imagery" of the Scott Brown Senate campaign after staffers were caught on video yelling out " war whoops " and making "tomahawk chops" with their hands. Their target was the Cherokee heritage of Senate candidate... More »

Brown Staffers Mock Warren With Tomahawk Chop

They also make 'war whoops' at rally

(Newser) - The Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren race had already turned nasty , and now it has its very own racial scandal, WCVB reports. Brown's staffers were caught on tape apparently mocking Warren's tiny iota of Native American heritage by chanting what WCVB calls "war whoops" and making the "tomahawk... More »

Massachusetts Senate Race Turns Nasty

Brown hits Warren on heritage in new ad

(Newser) - The Massachusetts Senate battle between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown had been a fairly cordial one—but lately, both candidates are changing the tone. Democrat Warren has been focusing on aligning Brown with fellow Republicans. A recent email to supporters notes that Brown doesn't stand "with the people... More »

Reid Cancels Senate Votes for Brown-Warren Debate

He accused Republicans of stalling so Brown could miss it

(Newser) - Sen. Scott Brown is scheduled to debate Elizabeth Warren this evening in their tight Massachusetts race, but a little Senate drama nearly got in the way. Earlier in the day, Brown told a reporter that he might have to miss the debate if Senate voting ran late. Democrats say Republicans... More »

Elizabeth Warren Takes 6-Point Lead: Poll

Democrat gets post-convention surge past Scott Brown

(Newser) - Last time around, we had Elizabeth Warren tied with Scott Brown in their Massachusetts Senate race. Now, after the Democratic convention with a speech by Warren , a new poll has her surging 6 points past Brown among likely voters and 12 points among registered voters, the Springfield Republican reports. Brown... More »

Warren-Brown Race Finally Goes Negative

Truce held for a while, but Warren felt pressure to hit harder: Politico

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown pledged to run a civil race in Massachusetts, and they've kept it remarkably free of negative attacks. Until now. Politico says Warren felt heavy pressure from Democratic leaders, including Chuck Schumer, to start hitting harder, leading to this week's ad calling out the... More »

No, Elizabeth Warren Isn't Floundering

Don't believe the negative press: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Fans of Elizabeth Warren might be worried after reading a New Republic piece that asserts she's floundering in her challenge against Scott Brown in Massachusetts. But it's way too soon to panic, counters Steve Kornacki at Salon . Ignore the "anecdotal" grumblings about her Senate campaign for a... More »

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