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December 22, 2012

North Shore pols react to Kerry nomination

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When Kerry ran for president, the Legislature changed the law to allow for a special election in order to prevent Gov. Mitt Romney from appointing a successor for the remainder of the six-year term. When Kerry lost, there was no need for a special election.

Lawmakers changed the law again in 2009, after the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, to allow Patrick to make an interim appointment until a special election was held.

Materials from the Associated Press and Statehouse News Service was used in this report.

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