Democrat Edward Markey won the Massachusetts special election for Senate on Tuesday. The election was held to fill the spot left vacant by now-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Markey is a longtime US Representative who won early backing from Kerry and the majority of the state’s Democratic political groups who were eager to prevent a repeat of three years ago.
In 2010, Republican state Senator Scott Brown upset Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coalkey in a special election to replace late Senator Edward Kennedy.
But that didn’t happen this time. Markey won over Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez, 47. Gomez is a businessman and former Navy SEAL who campaigned as a moderate who would help end the gridlock currently plaguing congress.
Unofficial returns after Tuesday’s vote showed Markey with an eight point advantage over Gomez. After confirming the victory, the Democrat took to Twitter to thank supporters, writing, “Thank you Massachusetts! I am deeply honored for the opportunity t serve you in the United States Senate.”
Markey also led in pre-election polls, suggesting that the Democrat would win the election. However, despite the predictions, Markey explained after he voted with his wife in his hometown that he was not overconfident about the results.
Along with Secretary of State John Kerry’s support, Ed Markey also had campaigning help from President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden. The three Democrats visited Massachusetts in the final two weeks leading up to the special election to show their support for the democratic candidate.
Along with having a strong lead in the polls since he won the April 30 primary, Gomez struggled to gain traction in a state that traditionally favors Democrats. Markey also had an advantage over Gomez in campaign funds. While Markey spent more than $8.6 million on the race, Gonez spent $2.3 million through the last reporting period of June 5.
Along with Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez, Richard Heos, affiliated with the Twelve Visions Party, was on the ballot for the Massachusetts special election.