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Capuano Passes On 2012 Senate Run

Somerville Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano announced Friday that he will not make a U.S. Senate run in 2012.

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"There are several good candidates currently in the race and I am fully satisfied that any nominee from this group will represent Massachusetts effectively in the Senate," Capuano said in an emailed statement.

Capuano made a run for the same seat nearly two years ago in the special election to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Capuano finished second in the Democratic primary to Attorney General Martha Coakley, who then lost the election to current Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

Capuano, who represents Boston, Cambridge and the rest of the 8th Congressional District, is currently serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his statement, he maintained he's looking forward "to seeking re-election to the House in 2012."

His announcement that he'll seek re-election comes as Massachusetts is about to lose one congressional seat to redistricting, meaning two incumbents will be forced into the same district.

There are six declared Democratic Senate candidates and Elizabeth Warren, a former White House adviser, is also likely to enter the fray.

This program aired on September 2, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Twitter Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital manager. He occasionally reports about economic and transportation policy, social issues and politics.

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