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Nikki Tsongas, widow of senator and one-time presidential hopeful Paul Tsongas, won the Democratic primary in a special election for the 5th Congressional District in Massachusetts by a 5-point margin. This was Tsongas' first run for office, and she defeated another prominent female, city attorney Eileen Donoghue, in a district, which hasn't elected a woman to Congress since 1960. Tsongas had the backing of Emily's List and the wife of US Rep. Martin Meehan, but Donoghue closed the gap in recent weeks by taking out a loan and running TV ads.

Tsongas will face Republican Jim Ogonowski, a retired Air Force colonel, in the Oct. 16 general election. Ogonowski's brother, was captain of American Airlines Flight 11 -- one of two planes hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers on 9/11. Here's the Boston Globe's audio reporting on the story.

The hometown Lowell Sun called it "a closer than expected finish" and said Tsongas "had to fight off a strong finish by Donoghue, who trailed the polls by as many as 25 percentage points only two months ago."