Ex-adviser to Mass. gov is new US senator

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BOSTON (AP) — As Massachusetts' newest U.S. senator settles into his temporary job in the post previously held by Democrat John Kerry, attention is turning to a special election this summer when voters will pick Kerry's successor.

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick appointed his former chief of staff, William "Mo" Cowan, on Wednesday to the seat left vacant when Kerry was confirmed as the nation's next secretary of state.

Already a race for the seat is shaping up.

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who lost his Republican re-election bid to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November, is "leaning strongly" toward running.

Democratic Congressman Edward Markey of Malden has announced his bid for the post. And Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch of Boston is expected to announce his candidacy during a tour Thursday of the state.

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