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Politics

US Senate candidates pin hope on the faithful

As voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday, the US Senate candidates are scrambling to motivate a tiny fraction of the electorate, most of them core party activists they believe will turn out in a low-profile election, when most of the public’s attention is still riveted on the Marathon bombings and the ensuing investigation.

Edward J. Markey, the veteran congressman from Malden who is considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is focused on liberal enclaves across the state as he faces a spirited challenge from US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, a centrist and former labor leader.

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