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Jack Hart quitting state Senate today

Plans to take job at a Boston law firm

State Senator John A. Hart Jr., a South Boston Democrat and a heavy favorite to succeed Therese Murray as Senate president, plans to announce Tuesday that he is resign­ing to take a job at a law firm.

His departure will set of a behind-­the-scenes race among those hoping to be the next Senate president. Murray, a Plymouth Democrat, is bound by term limits to leave the president’s post in 2015. But some believe she may quit the Senate before that.

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