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Politics

Senate special election

Edward Markey keeps party’s hold on Senate seat

House veteran sails past GOP’s Gomez in special election

Democrat Edward J. Markey, a 37-year veteran of the US House, cruised to victory Tuesday over Republican newcomer Gabriel E. Gomez in the US Senate special election, despite running a low-key campaign that drew record low voter turnout.

Backed by an army of Democratic activists, unions, and advocacy groups, Markey rolled up large enough margins in the party’s strongholds around the state to overwhelm Gomez, who failed to generate the strong enthusiasm he needed among moderate independents and within his own Republican base.

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