Robinson Drops Bid For Senate

By Sarah Birnbaum

Dec. 16, 2011

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Herb Robinson speaks at an Oct. 4 Democratic Senate debate. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Another Democrat is dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts. 
Newton engineer Herb Robinson is abandoning his bid for the seat currently held by Scott Brown and is entering the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank instead.
Robinson said it was his intention all along to run for Frank’s seat:
"I had actually originally been planning to run for Barney’s seat because I thought he was planning to retire, and when he didn’t I just went for the Senate seat," he said.
And Robinson said that the entrance of Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren into the Senate race also played a role in his decision.
"At this point Elizabeth Warren has pretty much wrapped up the Democratic race. I certainly was not in it anymore, so I just returned to my original plan," he said.
Robinson's decision comes just a couple of days after State Rep. Thomas Conroy also dropped out, giving Elizabeth Warren as the reason. Democrats Bob Massie, Alan Khazei and Newton mayor Setti Warren have also left the Senate race. Still remaining are immigration lawyer Marisa DeFranco, attorney Jim King and Warren. Whoever wins the Democratic primary in September will go on to challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

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