2013 Special Senate Election

Stories about the special U.S. Senate election for the seat vacated by John Kerry when he was confirmed as secretary of state.

Markey Stays On Message At Events In Canton, New Bedford and Brookline

June 21, 2013

Markey followed the recipe that frontrunners are supposed to whip up again and again. Stay on message and don’t give your opponent any opportunities.

Republican Senate Hopeful Gomez Runs, From Scituate To Cohasset

June 21, 2013

About 20 supporters met Gomez in Scituate before the Senate hopeful ran three miles up the road to his hometown, Cohasset.

Poll: Markey Opens Lead Over Gomez In Senate Race

June 20, 2013

The UMass Lowell-Boston Herald poll found 56 percent of those responding favored Markey compared with 36 percent supporting Gomez. Seven percent were undecided.

Markey Reports Malden Address On Tax Returns

June 19, 2013

Markey had previously released the tax returns to reporters, but his home address had been redacted.

Labor Makes Its First Foray Into Race To Succeed Markey

June 19, 2013

Organized labor makes its first foray into the campaign. But observers say they expect unions to split over the race.

Markey And Gomez Make It Lively For Their Last Debate

June 19, 2013

U.S. Senate hopefuls, Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez, are heading into the final week of the campaign. The two candidates faced off Tuesday night for their last broadcast debate, a lively back-and-forth hosted by a media consortium that included WBUR. The two candidates were asked about Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency […]

Markey, Gomez Clash In Final U.S. Senate Debate

June 18, 2013
This photo provided by WGBH shows U.S. Senate candidates, Republican Gabriel Gomez, left, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, right before a debate moderated by R.D. Sahl, center, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at WGBH studios in Boston. (AP Photo/WGBH, Meredith Nierman)

The candidates aggressively pursued their closing arguments Tuesday night.

Watch Live: Markey And Gomez Face Off In Final Senate Debate

June 18, 2013

U.S. Senate hopefuls, Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez, debate for the last time before the special election on June 25.

Media Tracking Firm: Democrats Outspending Republicans In Senate TV War

June 17, 2013
Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Ed Markey shook hands before their first debate in the race for U.S. Senate. (Shoshana Salzberg for WBUR)

The imbalance on the airwaves is emblematic of a larger disparity in campaign spending in the race between Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez.

Q&A: Markey, Gomez On Fishing Industry, Immigration, Sequester, More

June 17, 2013
Gabriel Gomez, left, and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (WBUR file photos)

Where does Ed Markey stand on amending the sequester? What about Gabriel Gomez on immigration reform? Here are the Senate candidates’ responses to nine policy-based questions.

On Social Media, The Senate Campaign Takes Some Unexpected Twists

June 17, 2013
(Source: Crimson Hexagon)

The June 11 Senate debate, not even televised in the Boston market, generated far more chatter than Obama’s high-profile visit to Boston the next day to rally support for Markey.

Poll: Markey Has 13-Point Lead Over Gomez

June 16, 2013

Andrew Smith, the director of the UNH survey center, which conducted the poll, said he sees no strong indicators that Republican Gabriel Gomez would be able to pull out a win like Scott Brown did in 2010.

Clinton Campaigns With Markey; Gomez Holds Town Hall

June 16, 2013

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned with Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Ed Markey on Saturday at a rally at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Pro-Gomez Super PAC Hits Markey On Health Care, Entitlements

June 14, 2013

The outside group has spent $725,000 to date on television ads and Internet advertising.

Ex-Sen. Brown: Gomez ‘Great Candidate’ For Senate

June 14, 2013

In an email, Scott Brown described Gabriel Gomez as a husband, father and baseball coach with real world business and military experience.

Negative Ads Take Center Stage In Senate Race. But Do They Work?

June 14, 2013
Republican Gabriel Gomez, left, and Democrat Edward Markey during a U.S. Senate candidates debate (Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe/AP, Pool)

Political scientists say there’s no evidence that attacks are effective. But new research suggests the ground may be shifting.

Markey Gets Help On Trail From High-Profile Democrats

June 13, 2013

On Wednesday, more than 7,000 people turned out for a campaign rally in Roxbury where Markey was joined by President Obama.

Obama Urges Democrats To Turn Out For Markey At Boston Rally

June 12, 2013
President Obama and Democratic Senate candidate Edward Markey wave to the crowd during a campaign rally for Markey in Boston Wednesday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

And former President Bill Clinton will stump for the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate on Saturday.

Support From Conservatives For Gabriel Gomez Comes With Reservations

June 12, 2013

The Tea Party is not what it used to be in Massachusetts. But Republican Gabriel Gomez still needs the support of the state’s conservatives to beat Democrat Ed Markey.

Gomez, Markey Spar In 2nd Mass. U.S. Senate Debate

June 12, 2013
(Dave Roback/Pool/AP Photo/Springfield Republican)

Despite the more muted tone, the two still clashed on everything from tax policy to the National Security Agency’s collection of billions of Americans’ phone and Internet records.

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