With already 12 Democrats in the race vying to replace retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell), the field shrunk by a candidate yesterday. Former Cambridge City Councilman Nadeem Mazen (D) decided to end his congressional campaign. His move entering this particular race never made much sense. Mr. Mazen is from a city that is nowhere near the 3rd District, forcing him to compete with more than ten others who at least live in the central population area. His time on the City Council would have netted him very little politically because none of the constituents who he previously served would be eligible to vote for him. Therefore, he always stood little chance of success, and obviously came to a recent similar conclusion; hence, his withdrawal announcement. The Massachusetts primary is not scheduled until September 4th, so this nomination campaign is merely beginning.
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