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The fight for 60: MA one step closer

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
AP reports that the "Mass. Senate approves bill allowing governor to name interim successor to late Sen. Kennedy."

Reuters reports that the vote was 24-16.

The House approved the measure 95-58 last week.

But "the bill goes back to both chambers for a final procedural vote
on Wednesday before heading to Gov. Deval Patrick, who has said he
would sign it."

The Boston Globe on possible replacements: "Among the names frequently mentioned by observers are Michael S. Dukakis, the former governor; Paul G. Kirk Jr., the former Democratic National Committee chairman and an aide to Kennedy; Charles J. Ogletree, Harvard Law School professor; and Evelyn Murphy, former lieutenant governor."