The Next Senator From Massachusetts

Will probably be MA Attorney General Martha Coakley, the winner of last night’s 4-way Democratic primary.

Coakley won 47% of the vote, beating out Rep. Michael Capuano (28%), philanthropist Alan Khazei (13%) and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca (12%).

Even though Coakley will have to beat GOP state Sen. Scott Brown next month, Massachusetts’ strong Democratic bent probably means this won’t be a very competitive election.

Coakley and Brown are vying to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in order to serve out the remainder of his term. If she wins, Coakley would become the first female Senator in Massachusetts history.