Kennedy, who died last Tuesday, had urged lawmakers to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement for his seat until a special election could be held. On Sept. 9, a Massachusetts legislative committee will rule on that request.
In the time being, speculation has swirled around the possible candidates. On the short list: Michael Capuano, a congressman from Somerville, Mass.; Stephen Lynch, a congressman from South Boston; Congressman Ed Markey; and Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former US representative.
For now, Coakley has the spotlight. According to the Boston Globe, Coakley today picked up the nomination papers necessary for a Senate run. The attorney general will now need to obtain 10,000 certified voter signatures to qualify for the Dec. 8 Democratic primary.
"Coakley has been quietly been putting together her Senate campaign over the past year, but has yet to announce officially. She has told associates she will run for the seat even if a Kennedy family member enters the race," Frank Phillips and Matt Viser of the Globe write.
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