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The most closely watched race among the all-Democrat Massachusetts Congressional delegation is in the 10th district, where five candidates, including one backed by the Tea Party, are vying to replace retiring Rep. William Delahunt. The only congressman running unopposed is Michael Capuano in the 8th District. US representatives serve for two years.

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Challenge pushes Frank into overdrive

On the defensive for the financial crisis and battling a tide of anger, Representative Barney Frank has been forced to run hard for the first time in years. (By Peter Schworm and Lisa Wangsness, 10/29/10)

Out-of-state donations swell for Republican Bielat

A late surge in out-of-state donations is fueling Republican Sean Bielat’s stiff challenge of 15-term US Representative Barney Frank. (By Brian C. Mooney, 10/28/10)

Democrats hold edge in two key House contests

With the election just a week away, Democrats lead in two of the state’s most closely watched congressional races but are battling to hold on amid far greater enthusiasm among Republican voters, according to new Boston Globe polls. (By Alan Wirzbicki, 10/25/10)

Frank will contribute $200,000 to his campaign

US Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Newton, says he will dip into his retirement savings and lend $200,000 of his own money to his campaign so he can respond to what he expects will be an onslaught of negative advertising from organizations that support his opponent, Republican Sean Bielat. (By Martin Finucane, 10/20/10)

Bielat tops congressional candidates in fund-raising

In a sign that he has caught the attention of Republicans in Massachusetts and beyond, GOP congressional hopeful Sean Bielat outraised every congressional candidate in the state in the latest reporting period — including his opponent, longtime US Representative Barney Frank — according to newly released campaign finance filings in most races. (By Alan Wirzbicki and Matt Viser, 10/15/10)

Frank, Bielat trade barbs over mortgage crisis, taxes

In a spirited and often testy exchange, US Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Newton, and his Republican challenger, Sean Bielat, traded clashing views and sharp words yesterday in a televised debate that focused on the mortgage crisis, tax cuts, and Social Security. (By Peter Schworm, 10/14/10)

Frank haunted by stance on Fannie, Freddie

When US Representative Barney Frank spoke in a packed hearing room on Capitol Hill seven years ago, he did not imagine that his words would eventually haunt a reelection bid. (By Donovan Slack, 10/13/10)

Frank, Bielat clash over economy, national security

In a sharp-edged debut debate, US Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat, and Sean Bielat, his Republican challenger, squared off yesterday over national security, illegal immigration, and the roots of the mortgage crisis. (By Peter Schworm, 10/12/10)

4th District race hits fever pitch

For a congressional reelection campaign, it was quite the festive event. US Representative Barney Frank, facing his most serious opponent in more than two decades, wooed the people of Taunton and the Fourth Congressional District yesterday with a rally at Taunton High School that included promise of a better future — and a visit from Bill Clinton. (By Milton J. Valencia and Matt Byrne, 9/26/10)

Former Marine fighting the odds in 4th District

Hoping to turn a weekend campaign appearance by Bill Clinton on behalf of Barney Frank to his own advantage, Republican congressional candidate Sean Bielat is pointing to the former president’s arrival as a sign that the race is tightening. (By Alan Wirzbicki, 9/22/10)

Frank ready to explain, not apologize

Allen Lentini, a cooking-equipment repairman with his name stitched on his work shirt, met Republican Sean Bielat at the counter of the Shawmut Diner and urged him into battle.

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