But he decided by Tuesday, announcing to the public he would not be pursuing the seat that Sen. John KerryJohn KerryObama administration officials ramp up push for Pacific pact Overnight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes No GOP leaders attending Shimon Peres funeral MORE (D-Mass.) will vacate when he is confirmed as secretary of State, which appears likely.
Markey has already announced his intention to run, and shortly after jumping into the race received the backing of a number of prominent Democrats, notably Kerry himself and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
With the backing of the DSCC and his solid fundraising ability, Markey would be a formidable opponent to any other Democrat hoping to jump into the race, but Capuano's decision not to run further complicates matters for Lynch.
Some Democrats believe he'd have a tougher time winning against just Markey, without Capuano to further split the vote.
Lynch acknowledged his run now "would be uphill," but said Capuano's choice not to run would not ultimately make or break his own decision.
"It will be an issue; I just don't know if it determines the outcome of the race," he said of a potential two-person primary field.
He said he's still going around Massachusetts looking for support for his bid, and admitted that he had been pursuing union supporters, and "might" have some of their backing.
Lynch has previously said he hopes to announce his plans after Kerry's confirmation process is completed, but with the timeline looking to draw out over the next month, he said he might make it official then.
"If we come to a decision before [Kerry is confirmed], we're probably going to have to just go on out," he said.