Markey defeats Gomez for Senate seat in Massachusetts special election

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June 25, 2013


By Jennifer Springer

Boston, Massachusetts: Rep. Ed Markey defeated political newcomer Gabriel Gomez and Twelve Visions Party nominee Richard Heos in the special election in Massachusetts today.[1][2] He will fill the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry earlier this year when he was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State. Markey won with 55 percent of the vote.[2]

On December 21, 2012, President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating Kerry to the position of Secretary of State.[3][4] On January 30, 2013, Mo Cowan was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to fill the vacancy until the special election.[5][6][7]

Markey, who has served in the U.S. House since 1976, was the first candidate to announce his intention to run for the Senate seat, and immediately gained the backing of the powerful Democratic establishment, including Kerry and Victoria Kennedy, the wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, as well as President Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, former Vice-President Al Gore and former President Bill Clinton.[8][9]

Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez was a newcomer to politics.[10] He was virtually unknown in Massachusetts politics before announcing his plan to run for Kerry's seat earlier this year.[11]

Consistently, polling throughout the race showed Markey with a lead over challenger Gabriel Gomez.

Voter turnout for the election, as predicted, was low.[1] Prior to the election, many were predicting turnout to be lower than the 2010 special election that sent Republican Scott Brown to the Senate.[12][13][1]

With the win, Markey is expected to be heavily favored in the 2014 election for the full term.[1][14]

U.S. Senate, Massachusetts Special General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Markey 54.9% 645,429
     Republican Gabriel Gomez 44.7% 525,307
     Twelve Visions Party Richard Heos 0.4% 4,550
Total Votes 1,175,286
Source: Election Results from Massachusetts Elections Division

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