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John Kerry is top prospect for next secretary of state

WASHINGTON ­— The handicapping began even before all the votes were counted.

Thomas Wright, a foreign policy specialist at the Brookings Institution, posted on his Twitter account early Wednesday that the election “is very good news for John Kerry’s prospects for secretary of state.” Within hours Russian and British press reports made it sound all but a foregone conclusion that the Massachusetts Democrat will be elevated to the position of America’s top diplomat in President Obama’s second term.

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