MA-SEN: Lynch Out, Khazei In

The Democratic field to succeed Ted Kennedy is now taking further shape, with one candidate getting in and another, who had been expected to run, getting out instead.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, who had taken out nomination papers, has now announced that he’s not running. Lynch said in a statement: “the challenge of putting together the resources and organization necessary to wage a competitive statewide campaign in less than 90 days is insurmountable.”

Meanwhile, Alan Khazei, founder the community service organization Be The Change, is getting in the race. Businessman Steve Pagliuca is also interested, but has not officially decided.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley is officially in, and Rep. Michael Capuano has taken out papers and has said he’s “99.9 percent there.” The Democratic primary will be held December 8.