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Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray resigns

Lieutenant Governor ­Timothy P. Murray, considered a front-runner for governor until a string of controversies tarnished his political standing, abruptly announced his resignation Wednesday, saying he will leave the administration in June to lead the Worcester ­Regional Chamber of ­Commerce.

Murray’s exit makes him the first lieutenant governor to ­resign in the middle of a term since John F. Kerry joined the US Senate in 1985. The move will leave the state’s second-highest governmental position vacant until a new administration takes office in early 2015. The state constitution does not allow Governor Deval Patrick to appoint a replacement.

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