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With Kerry nomination, scramble to replace him begins

Senator John F. Kerry’s nomination to become secretary of state sets off a flood of political activity in Massachusetts, as numerous politicians consider a run for his seat.

State law requires Governor Deval Patrick to appoint a temporary successor, once Kerry is confirmed by the Senate, as is expected to happen several weeks from now. An election would then be held between 145 days and 160 days after that.

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