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Third-party groups may not sit out Senate race

Pledge to restrict ads considered a longshot during special election

The unprecedented pact that prevented political action committees from crowding the television airwaves in last year’s Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will be hard to repeat in the likely upcoming special election in Massachusetts, given the unique set of political circumstances that allowed the first one to succeed.

“It’s the only game in town and it will be difficult to keep the groups out, and I think both campaigns are going to think they need the help,” said Dave Carney, a longtime Republican strategist from New Hampshire who served as President George H.W. Bush’s political director.

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