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Now that President Barack Obama has officially chosen John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State, all eyes are turning to Kerry’s native Massachusetts. Assuming that Kerry is confirmed by the Senate, which is widely considered a foregone conclusion, Republicans feel they will have a golden opportunity to capture Kerry’s seat and cut into the Democrats Senate majority.
The reason? Soon-to-be-former senator Scott Brown, who remains quite popular in Massachusetts and leads early polling of the upcoming special election.
As Brown found out in November, however, it takes more than goodwill for a Republican to win statewide election in the Bay State. Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states in the country, and whoever wins the Democratic nomination for Senate will have a great chance of winning the general election. Several high-profile Democrats are already rumored to be interested in running, and more are likely to signal their intentions in the coming days.
Here are six Democrats who could be Massachusetts’ next U.S. senator: