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Senate Races: Health Law Divides Candidates in Mass., Ga.

In the Massachusetts special election for former Sen. John Kerry's seat, only one candidate is campaigning as a supporter of the 2010 health law.  In Georgia, three physicians are among those contemplating a run for retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss' seat.

The Associated Press: Health Care Law Divides Massachusetts Senate Candidates
Three years after it split Massachusetts voters in the 2010 special U.S. Senate election, the debate over President Barack Obama's health care law has lost little of its political punch. Of the five candidates vying to fill the seat left vacant by John Kerry's resignation, just one has offered a full-throated defense of the law. Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey has described his vote for the Affordable Care Act as "the proudest vote of my career” (LeBlanc, 4/1).

Medpage Today: U.S. Senate Race In Ga. Filling Up With Docs
Three of the 17 physicians currently serving in the House of Representatives could soon be vying for the same Senate seat in a rare political contest heating up in Georgia. Reps. Paul Broun, MD (R) and Phil Gingrey, MD (R) have already stated their intention to run for a soon-to-be open Senate seat of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). Meanwhile, the third physician congressman from the state, Rep. Tom Price, MD (R), may also throw his hat in the ring before the start of summer. Chambliss announced in late January he would not seek a third Senate term when his current term ends in 2014 (Pittman, 4/1).

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