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Ailing Kennedy asks for speedy replacement process

• AP
A cancer-stricken Sen. Ted Kennedy has asked Massachusetts to change state law to allow a speedy replacement. The state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election within 5 months to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats — with a wide majority in both chambers — were concerned because then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney had the power to directly fill any vacancy created as Democratic Sen. John Kerry ran for president.