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Markey, Gomez each have room to grow in Mass. Senate race

The Senate contest between US Representative Ed Markey and businessman Gabriel Gomez, who won their parties’ nominations last night, has one obvious fault line: experience. Markey has so much — almost 37 years in Congress — that some voters seemed, fairly or not, to be yearning for a fresher option. Gomez certainly looks fresh; his only political experience was an unsuccessful, little-publicized run for Cohasset selectman a decade ago.

What propelled Gomez to victory in the Republican primary Tuesday, along with a major spending advantage, was his resume. A former Navy SEAL turned private equity millionaire, Gomez is a son-of-immigrants success story who can credibly claim to speak for a new breed of Massachusetts voter. He deserves a chance to make that case.

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