POLITICS
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Joe Kennedy, Tea Party Candidate, Could Shake Up Mass. Senate Race

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- In most elections, a politician calling himself the Tea Party candidate would cheer Democrats, raising hopes that he would siphon votes from Republicans by attracting some of the disaffected anti-Washington, anti-Obama electorate.

But when the election is being held to fill a seat that was left vacant by the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and the Tea Party candidate happens to be named Joe Kennedy, things get a little murkier.

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