2013 U.S. Senate Special Election Races

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Massachusetts
primary: Apr. 30
general: June 25






New Jersey
primary: Aug. 13
general: Oct. 16  

   






Overview
There were two U.S. Senate special elections in 2013; Democrats held both seats:

In Massachusetts, Sen. John Kerry (D) resigned effective Feb. 1, 2013 to take up the position of secretary of state in the Obama administration.
  Earlier, on Jan. 28 Mass. Secretary of State William Galvin announced the dates of the special election as Apr. 30 and June 25.  On Feb. 1 Gov. Deval Patrick (D) appointed his former chief of staff William "Mo" Cowan (D) to serve as interim Senator.  Cowan served until July 15, when the winner of the special election, Rep. Ed Markey (D), took the seat. 

In New Jersey, Sen. Frank Launtenberg (D) died on June 3.  On June 4 Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced the dates of the special election as Aug. 13 and Oct. 16.  The timing and costs were controversial—Oct 16 was just 20 days before the regularly scheduled Nov. 5 general election (>).  On June 6 Christie announced New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (R) to serve as interim Senator.   Chiesa served until Oct. 31, when he was succeeded by the winner of the election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D).






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