How It Unfolded: Markey Wins Senate Election
Longtime Democratic Congressman Edward Markey has defeated Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez in the special U.S. Senate election to fill the seat formerly held by John Kerry.
"I am going to the United States Senate to build a bright and bold future," Democratic winner Edward Markey said in his just-completed victory speech.
He added: "I go there to speak for you, to stand for you. ... This is your seat in the United States Senate."
Markey cited his biography as "the son of a milkman" and mentioned issues he plans to focus on in the Senate, including addressing climate change.
He also thanked Gabriel Gomez, his Republican challenger. "We may not agree on the issues," he said, "but we both love the state of Massachusetts and the United States of America."
"We could not have fought a better fight," Republican Gabriel Gomez said in his just-completed concession speech, "but not every fight's a fair fight."
Gomez cited the Democratic machine for his defeat and apologized for "coming up short in the mission," but added that "we definitely made our voices heard."
He said the Democratic winner, Ed Markey, whom he spoke with before speaking to the crowd, "will be a better senator because he heard your voices."
... Gabriel Gomez is leading 53 percent to Ed Markey's 47 percent. (Follow along here as town-by-town results come in.) However, as our analysts just mentioned on our air, small towns statewide tend to come in sooner, so we'll have to watch as cities continue to deliver returns.
The last time we had a special U.S. Senate election, in 2010, the GOP candidate famously scored an upset win. As we wait for polls to close statewide (just about a half hour to go), here's a look at the "Scott Brown map" Republican Gabriel Gomez would have to somewhat replicate in order to secure a victory of his own in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.
A month ago, WBUR's David Scharfenberg wrote a piece looking at Democratic candidate Ed Markey facing the specter of that unsuccessful 2010 candidacy of Martha Coakley.
While many of our reporters have fanned out across Greater Boston polling places today to take the pulse of the public, Bruce Gellerman went looking for voters at the beach.
WBUR's David Scharfenberg has a new analysis piece on the Senate campaign. In it, he examines polling data that suggest that despite a fluid race early on, voters' views hardened over the course of the campaign.
In case you missed it, Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey each wrote for Cognoscenti on Friday about why they should be the state's next U.S. senator:
Curt was with Ed Markey as he cast his ballot in Malden this morning. Curt reported for our Newscast Unit:
It took barely two minutes for Markey and his wife to enter the precinct and cast their votes.
Back outside, Markey said his support for gun control could make the difference in his race against his Republican opponent.
"I think we delivered a message that really differentiated my candidacy from Gabriel Gomez," he said. "I think we'll see that reflected in the vote tonight."
And Fred was with Gomez when he voted in his hometown this morning:
In front of the white town hall on the Cohasset common at 7 a.m., 22 voters were waiting for the doors to open. Despite the fact that many people in town are excited about having one of their own as a candidate, the town clerk's office says it was a normal line for a special election.
Shortly thereafter, Gomez walked from his home to vote.
"And I look forward to tonight," he said. "We're going to go out there and hit a lot of areas, and then tonight, we're going to have a great night, and I know we're going to get our vote out. I know it's going to get hot. We're going to get our vote out there, and we're going to get people that are enthusiastic voting for somebody to go down to the United States Senate to represent them."
Voters across Massachusetts are heading to their polling places today to cast ballots in the special U.S. Senate election. Here are the basics:
-- Three candidates are on the ballot: Republican Gabriel Gomez, Democrat Edward Markey and third-party candidate Richard Heos.
-- The polls (including our last one) have Markey, the longtime Democratic congressman, the favorite over businessman and former Navy SEAL Gomez.
-- Polls close at 8 p.m. tonight. Want to find your polling place? See here.
-- Maybe you're one of those voters so focused on the Bruins that you haven't been paying attention to the race, and the respective views of Gomez and Markey? Here are two issues-based snapshots to help you decide: from The Associated Press and State House News Service.
-- Want more coverage? Here are all of our special election posts, in one place.