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Scott Brown won't seek Kerry's Senate seat

BOSTON -- Former Sen. Scott Brown said yesterday he would not run in a special senate election in Massachusetts, dealing a setback to Republican hopes of winning the seat being vacated by new Secretary of State John Kerry.

Brown, who scored an upset win in a 2010 special election but lost his seat in November, ended weeks of speculation about his future with a written statement.

"I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time," he said.

GOP officials widely considered Brown the strongest possible candidate in a state that traditionally favors Democrats.

He remained popular among Massachusetts voters, still had a statewide political organization and demonstrated an ability to raise tens of millions in donations.

Potential Republican candidates for the June 25 election now include former Gov. William Weld and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.

U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch will face off in an April 30 Democratic primary. -- AP

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