Longtime Rep. Ed Markey (D) prevailed easily over ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez (R) in a low-turnout special election to fill Massachusetts’ vacant Senate seat.
“Thank you Massachusetts! I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve you in the United States Senate,” Markey said in a statement.
Turnout was low. The Boston Globe reported that less than 20% of registered voters in Boston turned out. Statewide, turnout was half of what it was in the 2010 special election, when Republican Scott Brown pulled an upset over Martha Coakley.
Markey’s win ensures the same Senate balance of 52 Democrats and 46 Republicans, plus 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats.
President Barack Obama hailed Markey’s win in a statement late Tuesday night.
“During more than 36 years as a Congressman, Ed has distinguished himself as a leader on many of the key challenges of our time — from fighting carbon pollution to protecting our children from gun violence to creating good, middle-class jobs,” Obama said.
“He’s earned a reputation as an effective, creative legislator, willing to partner with colleagues across the aisle to make progress on the issues that matter most. The people of Massachusetts can be proud that they have another strong leader fighting for them in the Senate, and people across the country will benefit from Ed’s talent and integrity.”
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