- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has jumped into the special election for the Senate seat left open by the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy last week.

A Coakley campaign aide confirmed that she picked up nomination papers for Ms. Coakley from the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office Tuesday morning. Ms. Coakley, a Democrat, is hoping to become the first woman from Massachusetts elected to the U.S. Senate.

Other Democrats said to be weighing a race include former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, who is Mr. Kennedy’s nephew, and Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. Republicans include former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and state Sen. Scott Brown.

The primary will be Dec. 8 and the special election Jan. 19.

Mr. Kennedy died last Tuesday of brain cancer at age 77.

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