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Activists say Republicans can do well in Senate race

If Scott Brown’s election three years ago convinced Massachusetts Republicans that anything was possible, his decision not to run in ­another Senate special election ­reminded them that it is not.

Decisions by Brown and numerous other top-tier Republicans to bow out of contention for a special US Senate election were made for individual reasons but reflect ­Republicans’ new reality, much like their pre-2010 reality: No one ­expects one of them to win.

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