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Mass. Senate approves affordable housing bill

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill authorizing $1.4 billion in spending over the next five years aimed at creating and preserving affordable housing in the state. Full story

Longtime Democratic Congressman Ed Markey wins Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate election

The Massachusetts Senate special election has come to a close tonight with Rep. Ed Markey filling in the seat vacated by Sec. of State John Kerry. Full story

Democrat takes double-digit lead in Mass. Senate race

Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is in prime positioning to sweep the Massachusetts Senate race should his double-digit lead in polls hold for the special election Tuesday. Full story

Hope you kept the receipt for that hippo

   Rachel Maddow informs viewers of the result of a survey about the desire by Americans for a hippopotamus for Christmas.

First Read Minute: With the farm bill defeat, what’s next?

   NBC’s Mark Murray discusses what the surprising defeat of the farm bill in the House of Representatives means for the future of immigration reform, and looks at the Massachusetts Senate race ahead of Tuesday’s election.

The Week Ahead: Fly high like a G-8

   NBC's Domenico Montanaro previews the week ahead in politics, including President Obama's trip to Europe for the G-8 conference, the final debate in the Massachusetts Senate race, and the kickoff of Netroots Nation, a gathering of liberal activists.

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  Race is on for Mass. US Senate seat

Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez will face off for the Massachusetts Senate seat, formerly held by current Secretary of State John Kerry. NECN's Justin Michaels reports.

  First Read Minute: Battle lines drawn in the Bay State

The results from the special Massachusetts Senate primaries are in! NBC’s Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro report in the Democratic primary Congressman Ed Markey defeated Congressman Stephen Lynch, and former Navy SEAL-turned-businessman Gabriel Gomez beat his opponents in the Republican primary.

  Gomez would vote for background checks, against assault weapons ban

Gabriel Gomez, the newly elected GOP nominee to fill the open Massachusetts Senate seat,   joins The Daily Rundown to discuss where he stands on gun control, immigration, and other big ticket issues facing the senate.

  Massachusetts Senate primary takes an interesting turn

The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd talks about the race between Republican Gabriel Gomez and Rep. Ed Markey.

  Bay State primary battle rages

Chuck talks with candidates in the Massachusetts Senate primary today including Republican candidates Gabriel Gomez, former US Atty. Michael Sullivan, and State Rep. Dan Winslow, and a spokesman from Democrat Stephen Lynch’s campaign.

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U.S. President Barack Obama campaigns for Markey in Boston
U.S. President Barack Obama campaigns for Markey in Boston

U.S. President Barack Obama greets a woman during a visit to Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe with Massachusetts Senate candidate Edward Markey in Boston June 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Obama takes stage after he was introduced by Massachusetts Senate candidate Markey during campaign rally for Markey in Boston
U.S. President Obama takes stage after he was introduced by Massachusetts Senate candidate Markey during campaign rally for Markey in Boston

U.S. President Barack Obama takes the stage after he was introduced by Massachusetts Senate candidate Edward Markey during a campaign rally for Markey in Boston June 12, 2013 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Massachusetts Senate candidate Markey during a campaign rally in Boston
U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Massachusetts Senate candidate Markey during a campaign rally in Boston

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Massachusetts Senate candidate Edward Markey during a campaign rally in Boston June 12, 2013 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)