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MA-Senate: Lynch Drops Candidacy

In a stunning development in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rep. Stephen Lynch has decided against a run after entering the race last week.

"The challenge of putting together the resources and organization necessary to wage a competitive statewide campaign in less than 90 days is insurmountable," said Lynch in a statement.

A source familiar with Lynch's decision said the Congressman was not receiving the sort of unified support from organized labor that he had hoped for and, as a result, was struggling to see a path to victory. Worth noting: state Attorney General Martha Coakley has already won endorsements from -- among other -- the Pipefitters local, the Utility Workers local and the New Bedford Police Union.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press' Glen Johnson.

Lynch's departure from the race leaves Coakley, Rep. Michael Capuano and City Year co-founder Alan Khazei in the Democratic field. Bain Capital managing partner Steve Pagliuca is also expected to run.

Lynch had two major assets in a Democratic primary -- his strong ties to organized labor and his geographic base in the blue-collar (and heavily Democratic) area of South Boston.

Expect Capuano, who is from Somerville, to seek to capitalize on Lynch's departure to emerge as the Boston candidate. Khazei and Pagliuca will have to compete hard for the Boston vote as well.

Given the current field, Coakley has to be considered a strong frontrunner. Pagliuca's money and Capuano's base in Boston both give them a credible argument that they will emerge as the alternative to Coakley but until the campaign plays out a bit more that's impossible to know.

State Sen. Scott Brown is the almost certain Republican nominee although he faces a stiff challenge in overcoming the state's strong Democratic tilt.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2009; 12:07 PM ET
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scrivener: The Democratic nominee will win the MA Senate race. There's no reason for the Democrats to sacrifice small-d democratic principles by continuing the Kennedy dynasty. They have nothing to gain.

Posted by: Blarg | September 15, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Ooops... that was "MA" not "CT" in my earlier post. Lieberman Syndrome...

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse


How long before CC writes about a nascent, inevitable "Draft Teddy Jr." movement? The Dems can't afford a CT turnover and a Kennedy can't lose.



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Posted by: scrivener50 | September 15, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 15, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Khazei has the liberal base, the big fundraisers and an army of volunteers to doorknock every door in every corner of the state.

Posted by: LeRiverend | September 15, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I didn't like Lynch; he's too conservative to be the next MA senator. I still say that Capuano is a more credible candidate than Coakley, but it sounds like Coakley has more money and organization at this point.

Posted by: Blarg | September 15, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

No word on whom Lynch will endorse?

Posted by: shrink2 | September 15, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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