The race to fill the late Congressman Edward Kennedy’s seat has sparked a anything but a mediocre election. A seat in the Massachusetts Senate hasn’t been open for decades. With the Massachusetts health legislation in pieces, Democrats and Republicans are up for a tough election. The newly elected Senator will be decided the first of December, the date of the Democratic primary.

As the race endures Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Paul Kirk as an interm, temporarily filling the late Senator’s seat. Paul Kirk,  a graduate of Harvard Law School, will fill the position until January when a newly elected Senator assumes office.