Governor Deval Patrick is expected to announce today who will be taking over for Senator John Kerry on interim bases before a special election can be held June, according to an Associated Press report. Kerry is the new Secretary of State and is resignation is effective Friday.
Then, the focus will swift to the April 30 primary and election. Candidates will have four weeks to get the signatures needed to get on the ballot.
While he hasn't made an official statement on whether he is going to run, Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) is being touted as the favorite for his party's nomination. Brown lost to Elizabeth Warren in the November election, losing his Sentate seat. Brown has a state-wide organization intact.
On the Democratic side, Congressman Edward Markey has announced his intention to run for the seat, while Congressman Stephen Lynch is expecting to offically enter the race. He will be touring the state Thursday. The winner will be facing another election in September 2014.