Scott Brown

Democrats got a piece of very good news this afternoon when former Sen. Scott Brown (R) decided he will not run in the special Massachusetts election to replace John Kerry. Multiple news sources are reporting Brown will sit out the special election. Without Brown in the race Democrats’ chances of keeping the seat have improved significantly.

Despite recently losing to Elizabeth Warren (D), Brown remains popular in the state. He continues to have strong approval ratings and two recent polls both found that if Brown had entered the race he would have started with a lead over the Democrat Ed Markey. He was widely seen as the GOP’s best hope for taking the seat.

Several other Republicans have shown interest in a possible run but it is unlikely that any other Republican candidate will stand nearly as good a chance of winning. Massachusetts is one of the bluest states in the country and it will be difficult for any Republicans to win statewide.

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