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Mass. Republicans should move to fill void left by Brown

Scott Brown’s 2010 Senate victory dispelled a lot of myths about Massachusetts — that Republicans couldn’t win statewide races for anything but governor; that lesser-known candidates couldn’t raise enough money to compete in a state full of heavyweights; and that a politician with a conservative message, tailored to the challenges of the moment, would never be able to get traction in a liberal electorate.

Brown’s victory turned out to be shorter-lived than he would have liked: He lost a bruising Senate race to Elizabeth Warren in November, in a national climate that turned out to be far friendlier to liberals than many people imagined. No doubt the strains of that long campaign contributed to his decision not to run again, this time for the year and a half remaining of John Kerry’s term, in a contest many thought Brown could win. Now the question is: Will other viable Republicans step forward to make the race?

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