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Markey outraised Gomez by more than $1m since April

Leveraging his 37-year incumbency and a healthy fundraising operation, Democratic Senate nominee Edward J. Markey outspent Republican rival Gabriel E. Gomez by nearly $4 million in a nine-week period heading into the final stretch of their special election.

Markey claimed $4.6 million in his account on April 10, three weeks before winning the Democratic primary, according to Federal Election Commission records. Between that date and June 5, Markey took in $2.9 million in contributions, and spent $5.9 million, finishing the reporting period with $2.3 million.

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By contrast, Gomez headed into the final days of the GOP primary with just shy of $500,000 on hand, and collected $1.7 million in the interceding weeks, along with a $300,000 loan from himself. Gomez spent over $1.6 million. On June 5, he posted a $997,121 balance.

Markey took in just under $300,000 from political action committees. Gomez got $170,000 from PACs.

Markey’s heavy cash advantage is emblematic of the built-in deficits Gomez faces. Democrats significantly outnumber Republicans in Massachusetts, and boast a superior voter-turnout operation. Augmented by the financial edge, Markey heads into the final days before the June 25 advantage with enviable infrastructure advantages.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @josreports.
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