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Special election in Massachusetts to replace Markey

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December 9, 2013

Massachusetts

By Jennifer Springer

Boston, Massachusetts: Tomorrow voters will select the replacement for the 5th District seat left vacant by Ed Markey's (D) successful campaign for the U.S. Senate. Democratic state Senator Katherine Clark will face Republican nominee Frank Addivinola and two third party candidates — James Aulenti and James Hall.[1] Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.[2][3]

Markey resigned after winning a special election to fill John Kerry's Senate seat. Kerry had stepped down to become secretary of state.[4][5] Markey won election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in the general election on June 25, 2013.[6][7]

Clark beat out six challengers Will Brownsberger, Peter Koutoujian, Martin Long, Paul John Maisano, Karen Spilka and Carl Sciortino to win the Democratic nomination in the primary election.[6] Addivinola defeated challengers Mike Stopa and Tom Tierney for the Republican nomination.[8][9]

Since the primary elections on October 16, the race has been decidedly low-key.[10] "Very low" turnout is expected for the election, according to Secretary of State William Galvin.[10]

Clark far outraised Addivinola in campaign contributions.[11] According to reports, Clark raised $1.18 million during the special election cycle, including $323,000 in the reporting period from October 1, 2013, to November 20, 2013.[11]

Addivinola raised just $27,000 during the same reporting period and less than $40,000 during the entire election campaign, as well as a $61,000 loan to his campaign.[11] He spent almost no money campaigning – less than $10,000 – and reported having $96,000 in the bank at end of November.[11]

Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District is considered a safe Democratic district. The state currently has an all Democratic congressional delegation.[12][13] The winner of the general election will then face voters again in 2014 for a full term.[14]

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