President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and former President Bill Clinton all will campaign for the Democratic candidate to succeed Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a Democratic official told Politico
President Obama has nominated Kerry as secretary of state to replace the retiring Hillary Clinton, who also may help the Democratic candidate, the official said.
“The [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] and Senate Democratic leaders have received assurances that the White House will be all in,” the source said. “The president, the first lady, President Clinton and possibly Secretary Clinton will all campaign in-state and fundraise to support the Democratic nominee.”
Top Democrats, such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have expressed worry that Kerry’s departure could put a safe Democratic seat in play. Moderate Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his seat to Elizabeth Warren in November, remains popular among voters and is expected to run.
Senate confirmation of Kerry is seen as a mere formality, and a special election would be held within 160 days of his resignation. Potential Democratic candidates include Reps. Ed Markey, Mike Capuano and Stephen Lynch, in addition to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost to Brown in January 2010.
And what would Brown’s chances be this time around? “It is difficult to view Mr. Brown as much better than even money,” writes New York Times political analyst Nate Silver. “He is a Republican in Massachusetts who lost an election by a reasonably clear margin just last month.”
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