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  •  IINM regardless of Massachusetts law (0+ / 0-)

    There would have been a special election in 2006 due to federal law.

    At least such is my understanding.

    Registered in NY-02, College CT-01, Spent most of the rest of my life on the border of NY-08 and NY-15

    by R30A on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:28:48 PM PST

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    •  I don't believe so (0+ / 0-)

      How vacancies are filled is determined by state law. In Mass. prior to the 2004 change, the governor appointed someone to finish the term, however long it was scheduled to run. It didn't matter if an intervening federal election was held (or even two).

      Some states call for a quick special election (like Mass. now), others call for an appointment until the next Congressional election. That way the appointee gets two years max but there's no special election at an off-season since they tend to have funky results. See Brown, Scott.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:48:07 PM PST

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