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Gomez defeat leaves a party searching for answers

Gomez defeat leaves a party searching for answers

Three years ago, Massachusetts Republicans thought they were on the forefront of a movement. Scott Brown’s surprising Senate victory brought a wave of promise to the beleaguered GOP in a deep-blue state.

But Republican Gabriel E. Gomez’s dispiriting loss to Representative Edward J. Markey in Tuesday’s Senate race tamped down those hopes, leading some state Republicans to suggest that it might be time to rethink their brand before the next campaign cycle heats up.

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