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Politics

Hopefuls face fight to lead state’s Republican Party

Today’s winner will set course for state party

The Republican State Committee expects a bruising fight over its leadership Thursday night, with the vote for chairman still too close to call between the handpicked candidate of former senator Scott Brown and a conservative challenger.

Massachusetts Republicans, chastened by their losses in ­November, remain bitterly divided over the direction of their party, even as they face another special election to US Senate, following John F. Kerry’s exit to become secretary of state.

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