When Massachusetts voters elect yet another US senator on Tuesday — their third new one in 3½ years — they might be forgiven for demanding a bit of a rest from the nonstop election cycle.
But almost immediately, the political world will pivot to the next gubernatorial campaign and this fall’s mayoral free-for-all in Boston, both of which have been overshadowed by the Senate battle.
In addition, the winner of Tuesday’s balloting for the Senate must turn around and begin running for reelection next year when the term John F. Kerry was elected to ends.
And a victory by Representative Edward J. Markey on Tuesday over Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez would set off yet another race to fill Markey’s congressional seat, a potential campaign that has already drawn in a batch of up-and-coming political figures.
Order has given way to chaos in the Massachusetts political world, with a churning of a once-static leadership and several consecutive years of high-stake campaigns. In a state where incumbency has reigned, the senior US senator — Elizabeth Warren — has been in office just six months.
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