Primary for Sen. Kerry's seat to take place in April

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BOSTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry is on the verge of being confirmed as secretary of state, a move that would signal the start of Massachusetts' third Senate contest since 2010.

If Kerry is confirmed by the full Senate today, he's expected to formally submit his letter of resignation from the chamber he's served in for nearly three decades.

Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that he'll then set the date of a special election for June 25. The primary will take place on April 30.

Kerry's resignation also means that Patrick will have to name an interim appointee to temporarily fill Kerry's seat until the special election.

Patrick said Monday he's yet to inform his choice of his decision.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is the only announced candidate for Kerry's seat so far.


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