The widow of Senator Kennedy, Vicki Kennedy is a potential successor to her late husband. Considered well-connected among the Democratic Party's major players, some speculate that if Vicki Kennedy did run for the seat, it would significantly shrink the Democratic primary field.
Strengths: A Washington Post Style piece once described Vicki as her husband's partner, confidante, and caregiver, perceptions that could play in her favor.
Weaknesses: No tangible political experience. Additionally, a Kennedy family friend has said that Vicki is not interested in the seat.
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