Democrat Markey Wins Massachusetts Senate Seat
He fends off Republican Gabriel Gomez in special election for Kerry's seat
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 25, 2013 8:32 PM CDT
Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.   (JOSH REYNOLDS)

(Newser) – Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won today's special election in Massachusetts for the Senate seat recently vacated by John Kerry. The 66-year-old Markey beat Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez, 47, a former Navy SEAL and businessman. Markey had 54% of the vote with about 90% of returns counted.

The race did not draw the deep interest of the 2010 special election between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley to fill the seat held by Ted Kennedy. Brown pulled out a surprise victory that year, though he lost the seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November. Markey vowed to avoid a repeat, bringing in President Obama and Bill Clinton to campaign with him.

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Jun 26, 2013 6:03 AM CDT
Sad, very sad that the people on Mass are so stupid. And to think the 2nd Mass was pivotal in the Revolutionary War. Here's a bit of trivia for you - what TWO cities started testing for driver's licenses in 1899, wen the first cars came out? CHICAGO and NEW YORK CITY!
Jun 26, 2013 1:22 AM CDT
Actually I'm glad Gomez had a decent showing of support. Markey had 54% with 90% of the polls reporting? Not a landslide by any means. And Brown knocked off a favored Coakley back in '10. Maybe the walls are starting to crumble for the 'Crats up here in the Bay State.
Jun 25, 2013 10:56 PM CDT
How about accomplishments besides holding to that seat for 37 years.