The Boston Marathon bombings and the week's manhunt put on hold the U.S. Senate Race. But now with one week to go before the special election primaries, the question is whether the 5 candidates can attract attention with the bombings dominating the news.

The campaigns started easing back into full operation Sunday, and the candidates plan to be back on a full schedule Monday.

Tufts political science professor Jeff Berry says the halt will have more impact on the Republican race between Michael Sullivan, Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez.

“It has frozen the race in place at a time when most republicans haven't made up their mind and weren't paying a whole lot of attention," Berry said. "With the race now in its final week, it's unclear whether people who have not been paying that much attention will start paying attention because we're still talking about the bombing and its aftermath.”

According to a recent poll conducted before and after the explosions, about half of likely Republican voters have not yet made up their minds, because they haven’t gotten to know the candidates.

In the democratic battle, U.S. Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch are better known than their GOP counterparts. So what impact may the bombings and subsequent lack of campaigning have on the democratic primary?

“Rep. Markey has a decided advantage over Rep. Lynch and I don’t expect that to change in any event," Berry said. "So while it’s probably worked to Lynch’s disadvantage, ultimately I don’t think it will make much of a difference."

After a week of little to no attention on the race, candidates are hoping they can make up ground in the final week. Markey and Lynch will debate Monday night and again Tuesday night. Gomez and Sullivan will be canvassing today while Winslow will be in the State House, debating the state budget.