Markey, Gomez to Face Off in Mass. Special Senate Election
7:14 AM, May 1, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ed Markey, the 19-term Democratic representative and dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation, will face political newcomer Gabriel Gomez, a Republican, in next month's special election for the U.S. Senate.
In the primary elections held Tuesday, Markey handily defeated rival congressman Stephen Lynch for the Democratic nomination to succeed fellow Democrat John Kerry, who resigned from the Senate upon being confirmed for secretary of state. The 66-year-old liberal Democrat from Malden has held a significant lead in the polls over any GOP challenger.
Gomez, meanwhile, defeated fellow Republicans Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow in a surprise primary victory that already has the Boston Globe comparing him to Scott Brown, the Republican who won a surprise victory in the 2010 special election to replace the late Ted Kennedy. Here's the Globe's Jim O'Sullivan:
Gomez entered the race in February with a campaign video that featured him, the son of Colombian immigrants, speaking both in English and Spanish.
Markey and Gomez will face off in the general election on June 25. The Senate seat is currently held by appointee Democrat Mo Cowan.
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