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The Republican – Ed Markey focuses on women’s issues with new Massachusetts Senate race TV ad

Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is highlighting his focus on women’s issues in a new television ad released Thursday.

Women are likely to play an important role in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary between Markey and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch. In general, women in Massachusetts tend to vote Democratic at a higher rate than men. In the 2012 Senate race between Democrat Elizabeth Warren and Republican Scott Brown, Warren won by eight points, but women chose Warren by a margin of 18 to 20 points, according to exit polls.