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State Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont for governor this past weekend. Lamont got 87 percent of the vote. 

Chelsea Kline of Northampton, Massachusetts, right, a Democratic challenger to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, leaves nomination papers in April with Hatfield Town Clerk Lydia Szych.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

We start this week by taking a look at the Massachusetts state Senate seat formerly held by Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg. There are now at least four declared candidates: one on the ballot and three write-ins. 

Dave Murphy, candidate for Massachusetts Senate.
Submitted photo / State House News Service

A fourth Democrat -- and third write-in candidate -- has announced plans to run for the seat left vacant by Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg.

There's already a record number of women running for House seats and governorships in 2018 — and women Senate candidates are on track to break records as well.

On the first big night of the 2018 primaries this week, those women fared particularly well.

Mass. State Senate Race Gets Write-In Candidates

May 7, 2018
Ryan O'Donnell, left, and Chelsea Kline, right, and Steven Connor (unpictured) are all campaigning to replace Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg.
Campaign photos / State House News Service

Updated at 9:18 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Northampton City Council President Ryan O'Donnell and the area's veterans' services director, Steven Connor, on Monday launched write-in bids for the Massachusetts state Senate seat formerly held by Stan Rosenberg.

Chelsea Kline of Northampton, Massachusetts, right, a Democratic challenger to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, leaves nomination papers in April with Hatfield Town Clerk Lydia Szych.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The timing of Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg's resignation from the Massachusetts Senate leaves one candidate in a strong position to succeed him. 

Massachusetts state Senator Stanley Rosenberg in a file photo.
Kristin LaFratta / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who spent more than 27 years in the state Senate and became the first openly gay president of the body, bowed to pressure from his colleagues to resign on Thursday and will leave the legislature at the end of the week.

Mass. Senators Mull Rosenberg Punishment, Investigator's 'Troubling' Report

May 2, 2018
Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg is at center.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Pressure began to mount Wednesday on former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to resign from the Senate. 

Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET

Victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting and their parents are criticizing the National Rifle Association after it announced that gun advocates won't be allowed to bring weapons to watch Vice President Pence deliver the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action's leadership forum keynote address in Dallas on Friday.

The NRA says the ban was ordered by the U.S. Secret Service.

Republican Party delegates have endorsed Governor Charlie Baker for re-election, during their state convention Saturday in Worcester.  That was expected. But what wasn’t was that enough delegates threw their support behind Scott Lively,  a little-known conservative challenger to Baker, meaning the incumbent will face a primary challenge this September.

This wasn’t exactly the convention outcome the Baker people were hoping for.

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