Mass. Attorney General Is 1st To Seek Kennedy Seat

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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