After 37 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Edward Markey is headed for the U.S. Senate.
Markey built a solid lead of more than 9 percentage points as of press time Tuesday night to win Massachusetts’ special election over political newcomer Gabriel Gomez and earn the seat that had been held by John Kerry prior to Kerry’s being named the nation’s new Secretary of State in January.
The win also means that Markey will step into the seat that has been held by interim Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, who was appointed to that post by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this year.
With 1,834 of the state’s 2,172 precincts reporting, Markey had built a lead of 54.6 to 45 percent, with 532,335 votes to Gomez’s total of 450,181.
Markey fared better than that in Gloucester Tuesday night, pulling 3,326 votes to Gomez’s 2,394 and carrying the city by a percentage of 57.12 percent to 42.14. Richard Heos, who was on the ballot as a third-party candidate and is affiliated with the Twelve Visions Party, drew 20 Gloucester votes.
In all, 5,650 of the city’s roughly 21,000 voters went to the polls, for a turnout of 26.97 percent, City Clerk Linda Lowe said late Tuesday night.
Markey also captured Rockport, with 1,250 votes to Gomez’s 917, but Gomez took the town of Essex, reeling in 525 votes to Markey’s 417. Vote totals for Manchester — where residents also faced referendum choices regarding debt-exclusion Proposition 2 1/2 overrides to fund local seawall repair and other harbor improvements, were unavailable as of press time.
Tuesday’s voting across Cape Ann and the rest of the state capped a special election run for a Massachusetts Senate seat for the second time in four years, on the heels of Republican Scott Brown’s surprising come-from-behind win over state Attorney General Martha Coakley in January 2012.