Sen. Elizabeth Warren is still on everyone’s lists, but says she’s focused on re-election. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty

In the past half century, Massachusetts has launched the failed candidacies of a string of presidential hopefuls (Romney, Kerry, Dukakis, Tsongas, Ted Kennedy). But that isn't tamping down Bay State hopes for a return to the Oval Office for the first time since JFK's 1960 election, AP's Steve LeBlanc writes from Boston.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly said she's focused on her re-election campaign next year.
  • Rep. Seth Moulton is a veteran who served four tours of duty in Iraq, and is a harsh Trump critic.
  • Rep. Joe Kennedy, a great-nephew of John F. Kennedy, recently hit the road to Cleveland and Flint, Mich.
  • Deval Patrick has laid low since exiting the governor's office in 2015, but is remembered fondly in the party for his thunderous "grow a backbone" speech before the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

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