Melrose Democrat Katherine Clark has defeated three opponents to win a special election to fill a vacant Massachusetts congressional seat.
The state senator from Melrose will be only the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House.
Secretary of State William F. Galvin had predicted that as few as 10 percent of eligible voters might show up in the Fifth Congressional District, which reaches from Woburn to Watertown and from Winthrop to Southborough. In Melrose, city clerk Mary Rita O’Shea estimated that turnout was about 10 percent as of 3:30 p.m. Or, as she put it, “It’s low.”
Brian McNiff, Galvin’s spokesman, said Tuesday that he had not heard any reports of lines at polling places. “I don’t think it’s changed from the low-turnout predictions,” he said.
Clark, a state senator, was heavily favored to win the election. She faced three little-known candidates: Frank J. Addivinola, Jr., a Republican, James V. Aulenti, an independent, and James O. Hall of the Justice Peace Security Party.
The district is heavily Democratic and favored President Obama over Mitt Romney by more than 30 percentage points in 2012. Markey held the seat from 1976 until his election to the US Senate this summer.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.