(MyFoxBoston.com) – State Rep. Dan Winslow is expected to join the Senate race Tuesday. He'll be the first Republican on the ticket as more potential candidates say they're not interested.
Candidates have until the end of the month to get the 10,000 signatures they need to make the ballot. And with time running out, more people are saying no thanks.
We might get some movement Tuesday from the GOP as Rep. Winslow of Norfolk plans to announce his Senate campaign Tuesday morning. He's currently serving his second term as a legislator and previously was chief counsel to Governor Mitt Romney.
Winslow announced Tuesday that he is forming an exploratory committee for U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy left by John Kerry.
Another Republican who may run is Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL from Cohasset, who works for a private equity firm in Boston. He attended the Naval Academy and Harvard Business School. The former fighter pilot's only electoral experience was a failed bid for town selectman.
Just Monday, more potential candidates said they were not interested. The list includes former Governor Bill Weld, who recently moved back to Massachusetts from New York, former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, and Mitt Romney's son, Tagg.
All said they would not seek the Republican nomination to succeed John Kerry. They join former Senator Scott Brown and former Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, who have all said no thanks.
Brown was the leading Republican contender and some political analysts believe his exit is going to make it difficult for another GOP candidate to compete in the race.
On the Democrats side, it's still just a two-man race. Monday, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone decided to stay out of the race – meaning Congressman Stephen Lynch and Ed Markey are the only ones that have announced they are running.
Gomez will reportedly be in Washington D.C. Tuesday to meet with officials from the Republican Senatorial Committee. Both party primaries will take place on April 30, with the special election now set for June 25.
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