Scott Brown will not run for the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, who was just confirmed as Secretary of State. Brown, a Republican, had an ambiguous status in blue Massachusetts after charming the state and pulling off a surprise victory in a special election to replace Ted Kennedy in 2010, then losing to Elizabeth Warren in 2012. Brown is still popular in Massachusetts, but his campaign against Warren left him much more tarnished than he had been, and it was unclear how the Massachusetts electorate felt about him in the wake of that campaign, where Brown lingered far too long on Warren's possibly using her Native American background to her career advantage.
By not running, Brown sets himself up for a possible run at Governor of Massachusetts in 2014 (Massachusetts voters have historically been much more inclined to elect Republicans to state offices instead of federal, and avoids potentially having four elections in five years. Seriously: he won in 2010, lost in 2012, and had he won in 2013, he would have to defend his seat again in 2014. And that's all for an office that generally has a six-year term. Providing himself a cool down period allows Brown to avoid the risk of losing two elections in eight months, something which could deliver a knockout punch to his political career.
Meanwhile, Ed Markey's chances of becoming the next senator from Massachusetts just got a lot better.
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