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Opinion

TOM KEANE

Not so fast, Democrats; Steve Lynch has appeal

Ed Markey is anointed to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat; Steve Lynch dares make a challenge. Chances are the chosen one gets the job, but don’t count out Lynch — he’s faced odds like these before, and beat them.

With Kerry’s departure, the Democratic Senate primary looms, just two-and-a-half months away. That’s a short span of time for a candidate to create an organization, raise money, make himself known, and — because this is a special election — persuade people to come out and actually vote. Markey, a US representative first elected in 1976 to represent a district encompassing much of Middlesex County and other suburbs north and west of Boston, had a solution: Do away with the primary altogether. Borrowing a page from Elizabeth Warren’s playbook, he tried to clear the field of challengers and focus instead on the June 30 final.

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