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Democrats facing dilemma in holding Kerry Senate seat

Massachusetts Democrats are facing a tough political dilemma created by their own machinations: how to hold onto US Senator John F. Kerry’s seat in the face of a special election law they created eight years ago that is now working against them.

With all indications suggesting that Kerry will vacate the seat to ­become secretary of state, party ­insiders see huge hurdles that could include a divisive and expensive primary fight, followed by what will probably be a general election battle against Scott Brown, a popular ­Republican, who is seen by analysts as a strong contender in a low-turnout special election.

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