Sources tell ABC News that President Obama has decided that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be secretary of state.
If confirmed, which he will be (emphasis mine):
If nominated by the president and confirmed by his colleagues in the Senate, Kerry would leave Congress, and Deval Patrick, Massachusetts’ Democratic governor, would appoint a replacement.
By state law, a special general election is required to take place 145 to 160 days after a vacancy occurs. So if Kerry were nominated, confirmed, and then stepped down on January 21 (Inauguration Day), the election would take place between June 14 and June 29, with primary elections being held six weeks earlier.
Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Wednesday continued to leave open the possibility that he will run again for the U.S. Senate.
Brown opened his farewell speech on the Senate floor by saying it was his closing speech “for this session of the U.S. Senate.”
He concluded by saying that “defeat is temporary,” the same phrase he used in his concession speech after losing his seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren. He added this time, speaking to his Senate colleagues, “Depending on what happens and where we go, all of us, we may meet again.”
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