Campaign Buzz June 25, 2013: Democrat Edward Markey wins John Kerry’s US Senate seat in Massachusetts special election

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Democrat Markey wins Kerry’s US Senate seat in Massachusetts special election

Source: Fox News, 6-25-13‎

Long-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey beat out Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez Tuesday in Massachusetts’ special election for John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat. Markey’s win helps keep a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines June 12, 2013: President Barack Obama Campaigns for Ed Markey in Massachusetts Senate Run

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Obama Stumps for Ed Markey in Massachusetts Senate Run

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-12-13

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Seven months after winning re-election, President Obama is back on the campaign trail. This time, he’s lending his political prowess to stump for Senate hopeful Rep. Ed Markey….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines June 8, 2013: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Formally Announces Senate Bid

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Formally Announces Senate Bid

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-8-13

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced on Saturday that he will seek the Senate seat made vacant when Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died earlier this week.

“I’m here today to officially announce my candidacy to be New Jersey’s next United States senator,” Booker said in a news conference. “Democracy is not a spectator sport, but now as much as in any time, we must bring people together. We must actually get into the complicated difficult messy arena and take on the difficult challenges, work in uncommon ways with conviction and courage.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines June 6, 2013: NJ Gov Chris Christie Names Temporary Replacement for Frank Lautenberg in Senate

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Christie Names Temporary Replacement for Lautenberg in Senate

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-6-13

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The governor of New Jersey has named a temporary replacement for Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday and whose body lies in repose Thursday at the U.S. Capitol.

Governor Chris Christie selected fellow Republican New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa to temporarily fill the seat held by Lautenberg….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 15, 2013: Mark Sanford Sworn In to House for South Carolina Seat

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Mark Sanford Sworn In to House

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-15-13

Mark Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina who resigned from office more than three years ago only to mount a political comeback with a special election victory earlier this month, was sworn into the House of Representatives Wednesday evening, saying he was “simply humbled to be here.”

Sanford made headlines in 2009 after he skipped the country for Argentina to see his former mistress, now his fiancée, Maria Belen Chapur….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 7, 2013: Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina Congressional Seat

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Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina Congressional Seat

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-7-13

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Mark Sanford has pulled off a political comeback some thought impossible….

Now Sanford is back, having retaken the South Carolina House seat he held in the 1990s. With 187 of 317 precincts reporting, Sanford led 54 percent to Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s 45 percent….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 7, 2013: Mark Sanford makes political comeback wins South Carolina House seat in special election

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Mark Sanford wins South Carolina special election

Source: WaPo, 5-7-13

Sanford voting in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Sanford voting in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Mark Sanford won the South Carolina special election comfortably Tuesday, emerging victorious in a competitive race for what in normal circumstances is a safe Republican seat.

The former governor beat Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert Busch, for the state’s 1st congressional district.

In the end, Sanford won by nine points, 54 percent to 45 percent, according to the Associated Press’s tally….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 30, 2013: Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez Win Senate Primaries in Massachusetts

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Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez Win Senate Primaries in Massachusetts

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-30-13

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez are the winners in Tuesday’s primary for the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when John Kerry became Secretary of State….

Markey and Gomez will face off in the general election on June 25….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 10, 2013: Robin Kelly Wins Jesse Jackson Jr. House Seat by Besting Felon Paul McKinley

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Kelly Wins Jesse Jackson Jr. House Seat by Besting Felon

Source: Bloomberg, 4-10-13

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Democrat Robin Kelly is a New York native who moved to Illinois after high school to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where according to her campaign website she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Photographer: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

Democrat Robin Kelly, 56 won the special election to fill the vacated seat of former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. in a district that includes part of Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs…. Her Republican opponent, Paul McKinley, served almost 20 years in prison for armed robbery, burglary and aggravated battery until a 1997 parole, according to the Chicago Tribune.

When Kelly — a friend of Obama, who attended her wedding – – is sworn into her seat, the House will have 232 Republicans and 201 Democrats, with two seats vacant. She had 71 percent of the vote to 22 percent for McKinley with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP tally….READ MORE

Political Headlines February 1, 2013: Scott Brown Will Not Run in Massachusetts Senate Seat Special Election

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Scott Brown Won’t Run in Special Election

Source: ABC News Radio, 2-1-13 

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Former Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown will not seek out his old job in the June 25 special election to fill John Kerry’s seat, sources tell ABC News.

Brown, 53, was considered the strong favorite to win his party’s nomination if he had wanted to run, and polling indicated that he would have been well-positioned to win the race. However, over the past several weeks several reports indicated that Brown was leaning against declaring his candidacy and was instead eyeing the governor’s mansion as his next political target….READ MORE

Political Headlines January 29, 2013: Election to Replace Sen. John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate Seat Likely June 25

Election to Replace Sen. John Kerry Likely June 25

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-29-13

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With Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation for Secretary of State proceeding at a smooth and quick pace, the question now becomes who will replace him and when?

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin gave an answer to that second question this week, saying that the special election would likely be set for June 25….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 25, 2012: Ben Affleck Won’t Be Running for Massachusetts Senate Seat

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Ben Affleck Won’t Be Running for Senate

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-25-12

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Those hoping the United States Senate may get a little less gray and a bit more celebrity-studded won’t be getting their Christmas miracle today.

Despite speculation, Ben Affleck announced late Monday he would not go after John Kerry’s Senate seat in his native Massachusetts if the senator is confirmed as secretary of state.

The actor, who has been an increasingly popular presence in the political world recently, wrote on his Facebook page: “I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office.”…READ MORE

Political Headlines December 24, 2012: Ted Kennedy, Jr. Will Not Run for Senate in Massachusetts

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Ted Kennedy, Jr. Will Not Run for Senate in Massachusetts

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-23-12

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Ted Kennedy, Jr., the eldest son of the late Ted Kennedy, will not run for Senate in the Massachusetts special election expected to take place in the summer of 2013 if John Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state.

Kennedy lives in Connecticut, but he had reportedly been mulling a run in the state where his family has a long legacy of public service. On Monday, however, Kennedy said he was grateful for “all of the offers of support” but that he didn’t want to leave Connecticut, according to a statement obtained by ABC News….READ MORE

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