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Democrats fear reliving 2010 race that elected Brown

Republican Senate nominee Gabriel E. Gomez’s runaway victory in Tuesday’s primary delivers an unwelcome jolt to Massachusetts Democrats, with the dynamics of the upcoming general election race offer­ing an unnerving comparison to the 2010 Senate election that still haunts many of them.

Indeed, on paper, the 47-year-old Gomez can lay claim to many of the traits that helped propel Scott Brown into the US ­Senate: youthful-looking, camera-friendly, a military background, and barely a blip on the Democrats’ radar just months before winning the primary. Unlike Brown, he has no political experience, but his resume is ­arguably more muscular, with a stint in private equity and service as a US Navy SEAL.

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