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Mass. Senate race driven by colliding visions

After months of ­debates and millions of dollars in television ads, Massachusetts voters will render their verdict Tuesday in a US Senate race that offers a choice with deep roots in the state’s rich political history: an outspoken leader on liberal causes against a moderate New England ­Republican pledging to be a beacon of bipartisanship.

US Senator Scott Brown casts himself as representing a rare species, one of the ­dying breed of independent Republican senators who seek to broker peace in a ­divided Washington, in the tradition of Leverett Saltonstall, Henry Cabot Lodge II, and Edward W. Brooke, ­Republicans who represented Massachusetts in the Senate.

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