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Kerry Senate Exit May Create Muddled Massachusetts Race

Multiple Democrats in Massachusetts probably would seek to replace U.S. Senator John Kerry, should he succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, a scenario that would complicate the party’s effort to hold the seat.

The candidates would battle each other during a short and divisive primary that would precede a special election, said Peter Ubertaccio, director of Martin Institute at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. By contrast, Republicans are likely to quickly settle on a well-known contender: Scott Brown, who lost his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren last month, he said.