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US Senate candidates at a glance

The candidates for US Senate, in brief:

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Gabriel E. Gomez

  • Republican

  • Age: 47

  • Town: Cohasset

  • Background: Former Navy SEAL and private equity investor

  • What he’s running on: Biography. He’s not a “career politician.” Wants to “reboot” Congress with a lifetime ban on lobbying; term limits, and a pay freeze.

  • Potential weakness: He alienated conservatives by supporting President Obama in 2008 and praising Democratic Governor Deval Patrick in a letter seeking appointment to the Senate.

  • Globe profile:Gabriel Gomez runs on practical, apolitical experience

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Michael J. Sullivan

  • Republican

  • Age: 58

  • Town: Abington

  • Background: Former state and federal prosecutor, legislator, and acting director of ATF

  • What he’s running on: Experience, calling himself “tested and trusted.” He touts his tough-on-crime background but dismisses new gun control proposals as ineffective.

  • Potential weakness: Conservative bent, close ties to former President George W. Bush’s administration, could make him unappealing to general election voters in liberal Massachusetts.

  • Globe profile:Prosecutorial code propels GOP’s Michael Sullivan far

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Daniel B. Winslow

  • Republican

  • Age: 54

  • Town: Norfolk

  • Background: State representative, onetime judge, former lawyer for Governor Mitt Romney’s administration.

  • What he’s running on: A socially progressive and fiscally conservative platform. Limited government, simplified tax code that ends corporate welfare and cuts corporate tax rates.

  • Potential weakness: His one liners and quick wit have brought him endorsements but little momentum and his ideas are often dismissed as gimmicks by his colleagues.

  • Globe profile:Daniel Winslow cuts an independent path

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Stephen F. Lynch

  • Democrat

  • Age: 55

  • Town: South Boston

  • Background: Congressman, former legislator and onetime ironworker

  • What he’s running on: His underdog status and reputation as a fighter. The conservative Democrat is known for bucking his party in D.C., even on high-profile issues such as Obamacare.

  • Potential weakness: He has lost support from unions over issues like Obamacare and may have muddled his message to voters when he dropped his opposition to abortion during this campaign.

  • Globe profile:Rep. Stephen Lynch shifted views, but not local focus

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Edward J. Markey

  • Democrat

  • Age: 66

  • Town: Malden

  • Background: Congressman and former state legislator

  • What he’s running on: Longtime liberal record on issues from gun control to climate change to abortion rights.

  • Potential weakness: His 36 years in Congress are derided by rivals who seek to portray him as part of the dysfunction in D.C.

  • Globe profile:Once a ‘disrupter,’ Edward Markey now a mover in House

Stephanie Ebbert can be reached at
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