State Senator Katherine M. Clark bested six Democratic rivals Tuesday, winning her party’s nomination in the race to succeed Edward J. Markey in the House of Representatives and setting her on course to probably become the state’s newest member of Congress.
Clark, a Melrose lawyer, captured 31.6 percent of the vote. Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and state Representative Carl M. Sciortino trailed with 22 percent and 16.1 percent, respectively.
As the Democratic nominee in a liberal district north and west of Boston — one that voted by more than 30 percentage points for President Obama over Mitt Romney last November — Clark is now the strong favorite going into the December general election. She will face Frank J. Addivinola Jr., who won the Republican primary Tuesday night.
Should Clark, 50, win on Dec. 10, she would become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the House.
“I’m so unbelievably proud of the campaign we’ve run. Because I believe ours is a cause worth fighting for,” Clark told supporters who gathered at the Knights of Columbus hall in Melrose to celebrate her victory Tuesday night. “A cause that says Republican extremists have to stop attacking women’s rights and start solving the issues facing our families.”
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