The election of Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey to the Senate on Tuesday ignited what is sure to be a wild and crowded scramble for the Democratic nomination to succeed him in the House.
With Gov. Deval Patrick likely to set the special election to fill the now-open 5th District seat for sometime this fall, three state senators, a state representative, a Cambridge city councilor, and the Middlesex County sheriff have all reportedly begun laying the groundwork to run.
In what is considered a solidly Democratic district, all are Democrats.
The resulting special election may well look much like the 1976 race where Markey, as a young state representative, won his first term in Congress following the death of Democratic Rep. Torbert MacDonald.
There was a crowded Democratic primary in what was then the 7th Congressional District and Markey topped the field with 22 percent of the vote. Markey went on to defeat his Republican opponent with 77 percent of the vote.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax
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