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Romney Helps Massachusetts Candidate, Lays Low In New York

Mitt Romney passed over the race for the open Senate seat in Massachusetts, but has decided to get involved in his own way.

He is holding a fundraiser for Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, in his long-shot bid to become the successor of the late Edward M. Kennedy..

Romney will appear tonight with Brown in Wrentham, Mass.

The event should provide a needed financial shot in the arm for the under-resourced campaign — Brown raised $154,000 through Sept. 30, the lowest of any of the major party candidates.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley led the four-person Democratic field with $2.2 million in receipts.