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Scott Brown could be sworn in Thursday

Scott Brown defeated Demcrat Martha Coakley for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.
Scott Brown defeated Demcrat Martha Coakley for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Victory of Massachusetts senator-elect is expected to be certified Thursday
  • He could be sworn in Thursday afternoon to replace late Sen. Ted Kennedy
  • Final returns from special election delivered to governor's office Wednesday

(CNN) -- The election victory of Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown is expected to be certified Thursday, which could allow him to be sworn in as early as Thursday afternoon to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Brown's win stripped Democrats of their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate and raised fears among many congressional Democrats about a potential GOP landslide in November's midterm elections.

Brian McNiff, spokesman for Massachusetts' secretary of state, said the final election returns from last month's special election were delivered to the governor's office Wednesday.

Brown had asked for immediate certification.

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In a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Secretary of State William Galvin, Brown's attorney says the Republican senator-elect had planned on being sworn in on February 11, but he has been told that several Senate votes will be held before then.

"For this reason, he wants certification to occur immediately," attorney Daniel Winslow wrote.

 
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