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Democrats strike early against Republicans in Senate race

Massachusetts Democrats, still humbled by their defeat in the 2010 US Senate special election, are launching unusually early campaign attacks on the Republican Party, particularly targeting Senate candidate ­Michael J. Sullivan for his conservative social positions.

Democratic Party leaders and gay rights activists have planned a press conference for Wednesday where they will highlight Sullivan’s opposition to same-sex marriage. The party will hold another event later in the week to attack the former US attorney, who is considered the early front-runner in a three-way GOP primary, for his opposition to banning assault weapons.

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