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Senate advances Rachael Rollins’s bid to become the next US attorney for Massachusetts

Rollins still needs a final vote by the full Senate to be confirmed.

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Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins, shown in October, will face a final vote in the Senate. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

The Senate narrowly voted Thursday to advance the nomination of Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins to be the state’s next US attorney for Massachusetts, clearing a key hurdle in one of the more bitter partisan fights over a Biden administration nominee.

The 50-47 vote along party lines took place after an animated debate during which her sponsors, Democratic Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, praised her innovative approach to prosecution, while a vocal Republican branded her a radical reformer who wants to dismantle the criminal justice system from within.

Rollins still needs a final vote by the full Senate to be confirmed.

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