Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has jumped into the special election for the Senate seat left open by the death of Edward Kennedy last week.
A Coakley campaign aide confirmed that she picked up nomination papers for Coakley from the Secretary of State's office Tuesday morning. Coakley, a Democrat, is hoping to become the first woman from Massachusetts elected to the U.S. Senate.
Other Democrats said to be weighing a race include former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, Kennedy's nephew; and Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano. Republicans include former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and state Sen. Scott Brown.
The primary will be Dec. 8 and the special election Jan. 19.
Kennedy died last week of brain cancer at age 77.
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