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Martha Coakley will vie for Ted Kennedy's senate seat

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has officially become the first – and thus far the only – politician to make a bid for Ted Kennedy's vacant seat in the US Senate.

Kennedy, who died last Tuesday, had urged lawmakers to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement for his seat until a special election could be held. On Sept. 9, a Massachusetts legislative committee will rule on that request.

In the time being, speculation has swirled around the possible candidates. On the short list: Michael Capuano, a congressman from Somerville, Mass.; Stephen Lynch, a congressman from South Boston; Congressman Ed Markey; and Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former US representative.

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