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Endorsements In Senate Race

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis will endorse Congressman Michael Capuano Sunday and the Boston Globe has endorsed City Year co-founder Alan Khazei in the Senate special election.

Dukakis' backing of the six-term congressman to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy marks the first time since leaving office in 1990 that he has endorsed any Democrat running for statewide office in a primary. Dukakis was scheduled to appear with Capuano at a campaign event in Brookline Sunday afternoon.

The Boston Globe lauded Khazei's energy and said he "offers a strong vision for success in the Senate." Democratic political analyst Daniel Payne said the newspaper's endorsement is significant. "Khazei has been running something of a loner's campaign that hasn't picked up much support except in Hollywood and now this is a major boost to his candidacy" Payne said. "It probably won't put him over the top, but it may put him in a solid third place."

The endorsements come as Capuano and Khazei compete with Attorney General Martha Coakley, the front-runner and only woman in the campaign and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca for the Democratic nomination.

The four Democratic and two Republican candidates have just over a week to make their final pitches before the Dec. 8 runoff. Republicans Scott Brown and Jack E. Robinson are vying for their party's nomination.

The special election is set for Jan. 19.

This program aired on November 29, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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