Massachusetts Senate Race

New England News
11:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Polls Show Markey In The Lead In Massachusetts Senate Race

Polls show Democratic  Congressman Ed Markey is the frontrunner in the special election for US Senate in Massachusetts.   His primary opponent, Congressman Stephen Lynch is trying to shore up support among key Democratic constituencies. 

   The dean of the Massachusetts delegation, Ed Markey has a huge lead of 29 points over his Democratic primary opponent, fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch, in a poll released this week by the Boston Herald and  UMass Lowell. Markey leads Lynch, 50 percent to 21 percent among likely primary voters.

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New England News
12:23 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Five Candidates Run In Massachusetts Senate Race

Gabriel Gomez launched his campaign for US Senate in Massachusetts at an American Legion Hall in West Springfield. He is one of three Republicans and two Democrats in the race.
Credit WAMC

For a time it appeared Republicans would struggle to field a candidate for the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  But when the deadline passed earlier this week for candidates to submit 10,000 signatures it turned out that three people will compete for the party’s nomination.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Mass. Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Agree to Debates

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey have agreed to six debates in their race for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate special election nomination to replace John Kerry.

The candidates announced Monday they will hold three general issues debates, in Boston, Worcester and Springfield. Other debates will focus on jobs and the economy, domestic policy and foreign policy. Two of the debates will be in Lowell and New Bedford. The sixth location has yet to be determined.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

U.S. Rep. Markey Defends Fundraiser with Former NY Gov.

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey is defending a planned fundraiser hosted by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes criticized the decision, saying Markey shouldn't "rub elbows with a man best known for his solicitation of prostitutes."

Spitzer was forced from office in 2008 after he was accused of spending thousands of dollars on high-end prostitutes.

The fundraiser for Markey's Senate campaign is planned for later this month in Washington.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Markey Proposes Six Debates in Mass. Democratic Senate Primary

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BOSTON (AP) — Congressman Edward Markey is proposing a debate schedule for the Democratic U.S. Senate primary which he said would include two general debates and four issue-specific debates.

Markey said Friday the two general debates should be held in Springfield and Boston while the four issue debates should be held at other locations.

Markey's Democratic rival — fellow U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch — has also called for six debates in the primary.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Mass. U.S. Senate Candidate Will Not Sign "People's Pledge"

State Rep. Daniel Winslow

BOSTON (AP) — A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate says he has no interest in signing a pledge to discourage outside groups from running ads in the upcoming special election in Massachusetts.

State Rep. Daniel Winslow said Thursday his campaign would welcome "positive" help from any outside group.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Officials: Mass. Senate Election Will Cost Millions

BOSTON (AP) — State officials say it is expected to cost Massachusetts at least $13.5 million to hold the special election to fill the U.S. Senate formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump has estimated that it will cost cities and towns nearly $8.3 million to run the April 30 primary election and the June 25 final. The special election has been classified by the auditor's office as an "unfunded local mandate," meaning the state must reimburse local communities for the costs they incur.

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New England News
3:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Little Star Power For Republicans In Senate Election

Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown's decision not to run in this year's special election has left a Republican field of virtual unknowns
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The Massachusetts Republican Party remains optimistic about the upcoming special election to fill the senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.  But it appears the minority party in the Bay State is facing long odds. 

   Republicans are facing a number of challenges in their quest to pick off a Democratic seat in the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.  The immediate challenge for the party is getting a candidate willing to commit to the race, according to Tim Vercellotti, a political science professor at Western New England University.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

U.S. Rep. Markey Seeks to Keep Outside Money Out of Mass. Senate Race

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BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is challenging all Democratic and Republican candidates in the race to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat to agree to keep outside groups from spending money on political ads.

The Malden Democratic said he wants a deal similar to the so-called "people's pledge" agreed to by former Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in last year's Senate race.

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