Today Massachusetts is voting on who will replace the late Ted Kennedy in the Senate. Attorney General Martha Coakley is the heavy favorite to win the Democratic primary, with Rep. Michael Capuano — the man who holds Joe Kennedy’s old House seat — likely to come in second. Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca spent a lot of his own money (about $9 million) for no obvious impact and City Year co-founder Alan Khazei managed to wangle the Boston Globe endorsement.
Republicans will nominate state Sen. Scott Brown, a solid candidate who will put up a valiant effort before almost certainly losing on Jan. 19 to the winner of the Democratic primary. All four candidates in the Democratic race are boringly liberal and will keep Ted Kennedy’s voting record alive in the Senate for the remainder of his term.
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