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Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat who launched an unsuccessful bid for US Senate against Scott Brown earlier this year, is facing James P. McKenna, a Republican lawyer and former prosecutor who ran a successful write-in campaign in the primary. The attorney general is elected for four years.

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Martha Coakley's AG rival looks to voter anger

She appeared to be an easy target: a Democrat who deeply embarrassed her party and disrupted the balance of power nationally when she failed to retain the US Senate seat held for decades by Edward M. Kennedy. (By David Abel, 10/26/10)

Attorney general takes aim at her foe

Attorney General Martha Coakley attacked her opponent yesterday and vowed to take “nothing for granted’’ in her reelection bid as she sought to bury memories from her defeat in the special US Senate election in January. (By Noah Bierman, 10/12/10)

Challenger seeks to use discontent to beat Coakley

For James P. McKenna, it was the equivalent of political lightning: Two days after the Republican primaries, the first-time candidate from Central Massachusetts learned that he had received nearly three times the write-in votes he needed to win a place on the November ballot as his party’s nominee for attorney general. (By Michael Rezendes, 10/12/10)

AG candidates debate renewing death penalty

Injecting the Mattapan killings into the state attorney general’s race, Republican candidate James McKenna said yesterday that in light of the gruesome deaths it was time to revisit the death penalty in Massachusetts. (By Alan Wirzbicki, 9/30/10)

McKenna launches attacks, bid for AG

James P. McKenna, a little-known Republican lawyer hoping to unseat Attorney General Martha Coakley, kicked off his campaign yesterday with a vow to crack down on public corruption and illegal immigration but declined to state his position on another controversial issue that has come before the office, gay marriage. (By Michael Levenson, 9/29/10)

McKenna taps Brown’s team for AG run against Coakley

James P. McKenna, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Republican challenger this fall, is getting the band back together: He has tapped Scott Brown’s political team, who know a little something about beating Coakley, to run his campaign. (By Alan Wirzbicki, 9/28/10)

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