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February 12, 2016

Democrats Markey, Lynch Resume Campaigns #MAsen

Markey has led in all polls of the Massachusetts Senate special election so far. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reps. Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch resumed their Senate special-election campaigns on Monday. It’s been one week since the two Bay State Democrats suspended political activities after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Markey’s spokesman confirmed via email that he will start campaigning again, although neither candidate is running television ads yet:

“As we continue to mourn the victims of this senseless tragedy, we honor them by not allowing these tragic events to rule our daily routines or stifle our democracy,” Markey spokesman Andrew Zucker said. “The people of Boston and Massachusetts have shown tremendous strength and resiliency this past week. Now that this immediate episode is over, and people are starting to return to normalcy, we are resuming normal campaign activities in a way that’s respectful of the events of this past week, and the people of the Commonwealth who were affected.”

The two Democrats will compete in a primary just more than a week away, on April 30. A new poll released Monday showed Markey leading Lynch, 44 percent to 34 percent, in the Democratic primary. Every public survey has shown Markey leading the field.

All of the candidates, Democrats and Republicans, had an uneasy transition back to politics in the wake of the bombing. On April 19, law enforcement authorities captured bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after a city-wide lockdown and a manhunt.

The winner of the Democratic primary is expected to win the Senate special election on June 25. Secretary of State John Kerry resigned from the Senate to join the president’s Cabinet earlier this year, prompting the contest.

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