Tuesday January 29, 2013

BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is preparing to announce as early as Wednesday who will temporarily fill U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat until a special election can be held on June 25.

Patrick said he’s all but made up his mind on the interim senator.

"Pretty much. I have one or two other questions to ask," Patrick said when asked about the special election on Monday.

The primary is April 30.

Kerry is expected to be confirmed by the Senate as the nation’s new secretary of state on Tuesday, sparking the third Senate contest in Massachusetts since the 2010 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said he was told by Senate officials that Kerry will submit a letter of resignation Tuesday, effective Friday.

Galvin said he’s ready to immediately release nomination papers. Candidates will have four weeks to collect the 10,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot.


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