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Primary win fuels talk of contenders for state Senate seat

Melrose Democrat Katherine Clark greets supporters after her 5th Congressional District primary win  Oct. 5.
Melrose Democrat Katherine Clark greets supporters after her 5th Congressional District primary win Oct. 5.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

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With state Senator Katherine M. Clark favored to become the newest member of Congress, speculation is quickly building in the Melrose Democrat’s state legislative district about who might bid for her seat if she heads to Washington.

In the aftermath of Clark’s primary win Oct. 15 in the primary to replace Edward M. Markey, a host of names have been mentioned as potential contenders in a special election to succeed her in the state office. Several – including three of Clarks’ legislative colleagues, Paul Brodeur of Melrose; Christopher G. Fallon of Malden; and Jason M. of Winchester — said they are weighing runs for the Fifth Middlesex state Senate seat, which includes Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and portions of Winchester.

Clark, is strongly favored over the Republican nominee, Frank J. Addivinola Jr., of Boston, in the Dec. 10 special election for the congressional seat.

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