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.”
"Thank you Massachusetts! I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve you in the United States Senate." – EM
— Ed Markey (@EdMarkey) June 26, 2013
BREAKING: Longtime Democratic Rep. Edward Markey wins US Senate election in Mass. to replace John Kerry.
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 26, 2013
… Markey’s lead has grown to 4 points, 52 percent to 48 percent. Full town-by-town results are here.
… Markey takes his first lead, 51 percent to 48 percent. It’s also as Boston precincts first came in.
… 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.