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Markey Won't Run For Kennedy's Senate Seat

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Rep. Edward Markey says he won't jump into the race to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The Malden Democrat told The Associated Press on Friday that he would not be a candidate in the primary being held Dec. 8. The winner will compete in the special election scheduled for Jan. 19.

Markey has been in the House for 33 years and is chairman of an energy subcommittee. He said he decided not to run because he feels he can do more for the state in his current position in the House.

The senator died Aug. 25 of brain cancer.

Other Democrats weighing campaigns include two of Markey's colleagues, Reps. Michael Capuano and John Tierney.

This program aired on September 11, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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