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Massachusetts' incredible shrinking Senate race: More Republicans bow out

The most likely GOP contenders are no-shows, but some other Massachusetts Republicans are launching campaigns or testing the waters. Still, Democrats may be hard to beat in this Senate race.

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Then-Sen. Scott Brown (R) of Massachusetts (r.) laughs as former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld talks with reporters after Weld endorsed Brown in Boston last October. Weld and Brown have both said they will not seek the Senate seat vacated when John Kerry was named secretary of State.

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The surprise decision of former Sen. Scott Brown not to run for the vacated US Senate seat in Massachusetts left an opening for other Republican hopefuls to step forward.

Who would it be?, the pundits asked.

Former Gov. William Weld, the party’s elder statesman in Massachusetts? Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who as a woman might be a Republican answer to Elizabeth Warren – the Democrat who ousted Mr. Brown in November? Richard Tisei, viewed as an up-and-comer who narrowly lost a 2012 bid for the US House?

Try none of the above.

They have all taken their names off the list to run for the seat that was held until recently by John Kerry (D), who is moving on to be President Obama’s secretary of State.

Even Tagg Romney, son of the former governor who ran for president against Mr. Obama last year, was mentioned and then said no thanks.

The race for Senate will still be a contested one. Some other Massachusetts Republicans are launching campaigns or testing the waters. It’s just that the most likely contenders are no-shows.

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