Senate special election Edward Markey keeps party’s hold on Senate seat House veteran sails past GOP’s Gomez in special election ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF Democrat Edward Markey and his wife, Susan Blumenthal, thanked supporters Tuesday night at the Park Plaza Hotel. Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff Senator-elect Markey rolled up large enough margins in the party’s strongholds to overwhelm Republican Gabriel Gomez. Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff Senator-elect Markey acknowledged his supporters after winning the US Senate special election . Elise Amendola/AP Senator-elect Markey, 66, now heads to the Senate to finish the final 17 months of John F. Kerry’s term. Jessica Rinaldi For The Globe GOP candidate Gabriel Gomez gave his concession speech at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE GLOBE Gomez thanked his supporters after conceding the race. Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe A volunteer for Gomez's campaign wore pants with the Republican symbol on them at the election night party. Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe Ned Lipsett, 16, of Hingham reacted as he watched the returns at Gomez's party at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe Massachusetts Republican Party Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes warmed up the crowd at Gomez's election night party. Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff Supporters watched election results come in on television screens at Edward Markey's election night party.