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: We Must Protect Against ‘Unnecessary Trampling’ Of Privacy Rights

June 11, 2013

Bob Oakes sat down with Markey to gauge his thoughts on the Senate contest that appears closer than many had predicted. But first, the conversation turned to the controversy surrounding phone and Internet data mining by the US government.

WBUR Poll Suggests Gomez Struggling To Catch Markey

June 11, 2013
Republican Gabriel Gomez, left, and Democrat Edward Markey during a U.S. Senate candidates debate (Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe/AP, Pool)

With two weeks to go in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate election, the Democrat holds a steady, small lead.

Markey, Gomez Differ On Foreign Policy

June 09, 2013

But the two candidates for U.S. Senate also appear to share some core philosophies when it comes to America’s role on the global stage.

On Surveillance, Gomez Gives NSA Benefit Of Doubt; Markey More Critical

June 07, 2013
Gabriel Gomez speaks to the press in Copley Square as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens, Thursday, June 6, 2013. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The two Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidates have different reactions to revelations about the NSA’s phone- and Internet-records collection.

New Poll Suggests Women Souring On Gomez

June 06, 2013
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez (Elise Amendola/AP)

Last month, women had a favorable view of the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. But his standing has slipped considerably.

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

June 06, 2013

Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Ed Markey clashed Wednesday night over health care, national security, guns and more.

Analysis: Senate Debate Injects New Energy Into Race, But May Not Shift It

June 05, 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)

U.S. Senate hopefuls Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Ed Markey sparred on guns and the Democrat’s record.

Obama To Visit Boston Next Week For Markey

June 04, 2013

A spokesman for Markey said he could not yet confirm details of the presidential visit.

With Debate Looming, Markey And Gomez Try Out Messages

June 04, 2013
Gabriel Gomez, left, and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (WBUR file photos)

The Democrat unveils a new ad attacking his opponent on guns, abortion and Social Security.

Senate Hopeful Gabriel Gomez Distances Himself From GOP

June 04, 2013

Democrat Ed Markey is trying to link his rival Gabriel Gomez to the national Republican Party, while Gomez promises to stand out from the GOP.

GOP Senate Hopeful Gomez Slams Own Party

June 03, 2013

Gabriel Gomez said Monday the GOP has failed to deliver the change it promised and is “sometimes stuck in the past.”

Mass. U.S. Senate Hopefuls To Meet In 1st Debate

June 03, 2013

The race has taken on an increasingly personal tone in recent weeks.

Mass. U.S. Senate Race Debate Shifts To Economy

June 01, 2013

While Gomez has tried to portray Markey as a fan of tax hikes and Markey has tried to cast Gomez as beholden to indiscriminate tax-cutting, both candidates say they’re against taking a “no new taxes” pledge and both say they would back some kind of “comprehensive tax reform.”

McConnell Urges Republicans To Donate To Gomez

May 31, 2013
U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez (Elise Amendola/AP)

Democrats seize on the Senate Minority Leader’s email to suggest the Republican U.S. Senate candidate would be another vote for a conservative agenda in Washington.

First Lady At Markey Fundraiser; Gomez Tells Academy Story

May 30, 2013

Democrat Ed Markey was joined by Michelle Obama at the Taj, while Republican Gabriel Gomez raised money in Worcester.

Markey Faces The Specter Of The Coakley Campaign

May 29, 2013
"We are entering a brave new world and just as we have rules of the road, we now need rules of the sky,” said U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (Steven Senne/AP File)

A light campaign schedule has prompted comparisons to another Democrat’s failed U.S. Senate bid. But does the analogy hold up?

Michelle Obama Attends Boston Fundraiser, Visits Bombing Victims

May 29, 2013

It’s the second time the first lady has visited Boston since the marathon bombings.

GOP’s Gomez Faults Democrat Markey On Tax Record

May 28, 2013

Gabriel Gomez said he would not take a no-new-taxes pledge, but he did call for comprehensive tax reform.

Senate Hopeful Gomez Seeks Distance From GOP

May 27, 2013
U.S. Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez (Elise Amendola/AP)

Gabriel Gomez, the Republican nominee in the June 25 special election for the U.S. Senate, has cast himself as a moderate Washington outsider beholden neither to his party nor special interests.

Gomez Stands By Markey ‘Pond Scum’ Remarks

May 24, 2013

Gomez objected to a Markey Web video juxtaposing a picture of Gomez with Osama bin Laden.

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