Dem Rep. Markey wins US Senate election in Mass.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won a special election in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey shakes hands with a supporter in Boston, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 as he celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey has won a special election in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

The 66-year-old Markey on Tuesday beat Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and political newcomer.

The race did not draw the deep interest of the 2010 special election between Republican former Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley. 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 Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton to campaign with him.

Gomez is a 47-year-old businessman. He was never able to raise the money he needed to beat Markey.

Kerry left the Senate to become U.S. secretary of state.


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