(CNN) - And then there were two.
Rep. Stephen Lynch announced his bid Thursday for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, becoming the second candidate to jump into the June special election to fill the final eighteen months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who steps down from the Senate at the end of the week to become secretary of state.
(CNN) – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced on Wednesday he is appointing William "Mo" Cowan, his former chief of staff, to temporarily hold the Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry.
Cowan will serve until a special election is held on June 25, Patrick said at the State House Wednesday morning.
Kerry was confirmed as the next secretary of state by the full Senate on Tuesday. He submitted his resignation Tuesday evening.
(CNN) - Rep. Stephen Lynch will hold a news conference in Boston on Thursday to announce whether he'll run in the June 25th special election in Massachusetts to fill out going Sen. John Kerry's seat, a campaign spokesman for Lynch tells CNN.
As of now longtime Rep. Edward Markey is the only Democrat who's announced a bid. Markey's been endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Kerry, and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Ted Kennedy.
(CNN) – June 25 marks the "probable" date for the special election to replace Democratic Sen. John Kerry, William F. Galvin, the Massachusetts secretary of the commonwealth, told CNN Monday.
As the president's pick for U.S. secretary of state, Kerry sailed through his confirmation hearings last week and is expected to be confirmed as early as Tuesday. Should he submit his resignation this week, "that will set the clock going," Galvin said, referring to the Massachusetts law that stipulates a special election must occur 145-160 days after the seat becomes vacant.
(CNN) – You can strike another Massachusetts Democratic lawmaker from the list of candidates trying to replace Sen. John Kerry in the Senate.
Rep. Michael Capuano announced Tuesday that he won't make a bid for the Senate in a special election expected to be held later this year.
(CNN) – It's one of the biggest questions in 2013 campaign politics: Will former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts make a bid this year to return to the Senate?
A source close to the Bay State Republican tells CNN Thursday that "Scott is undecided. I think he's going to wait for an actual vacancy to be declared and for an election date to be set."
(CNN) – Just a day after ending his final term in the House of Representatives, Barney Frank hinted he may be headed back to Capitol Hill, if on a temporary basis.
The former Massachusetts lawmaker told hosts on MSNBC Friday he has asked Bay State governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as a temporary senator in the likely event John Kerry leaves the upper chamber to become secretary of state. Kerry, who was formally nominated to the post before Christmas, is widely expected to be confirmed by his colleagues.
(CNN) – Ben Affleck won’t run to be the next U.S. senator from Massachusetts.
The actor and director on Monday put an end to the rumors that he might throw his hat in the ring to replace Sen. John Kerry if he is confirmed as secretary of state, saying he plans to advocate for his causes from outside the upper chamber.