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Stephen F. Lynch

O'Malley weighs in to Mass. Senate race

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Saturday that Massachusetts congressman Ed Markey would make an "outstanding United States senator" but said he has no plans to campaign for his fellow Democrat, who is running in a special election to replace John Kerry.

The closely watched April 30 Democratic primary for Senate in Massachusetts will pit Markey against another congressman, Stephen Lynch. Markey has an early lead in polling for the seat held since 1985 by Kerry, who became Secretary of State this month.

Markey has also been endorsed by a number of high-profile Democrats, including Kerry himself.

"I know and like Ed Markey and I think he'd be...