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Campaign 2010

Coakley’s foe hopes to win on discontent

James P. McKenna and Attorney General Martha Coakley before a Sept. 30 debate. Despite her huge financial advantage, the incumbent said, “I’m taking this race very seriously.’’ James P. McKenna and Attorney General Martha Coakley before a Sept. 30 debate. Despite her huge financial advantage, the incumbent said, “I’m taking this race very seriously.’’ (Steven Senne/ Associated Press)
By Michael Rezendes
Globe Staff / October 13, 2010

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For James P. McKenna, it was the equivalent of political lightning: Two days after the Republican primaries, the first-time candidate from Central Massachusetts learned that he had received nearly three times the write-in votes he needed to win a place on the November ballot as his party’s nominee for attorney general. (Full article: 1273 words)

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