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Brown opts not to run for Kerry’s seat, stuns his party

Scott Brown, who burst onto the ­national scene as a political celebrity with his upset victory in 2010, upended the special US Senate election with an announcement Friday that he will not run to replace John F. Kerry.

Brown’s abrupt decision, while not surprising to some GOP insiders who knew he was wavering, stunned the rest of the political world and delivered a major blow to Republican Party leaders who saw in him their best chance to win the June 25 election. It came with little warning to national or state leaders, who had been pleading with Brown to run, and caused a furor within state party ranks.

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