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US Representative Ed Markey (D-MA)

The Massachusetts special election to replace Sen. John Kerry will be between Democrat Rep. Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez. The two candidates easily won their respective party’s nominations in yesterday’s primary.

On the Democratic side, Markey beat fellow House member Rep. Stephen Lynch by a margin of 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent. Markey has represented Massachusetts in the House for almost three decades.

On the Republican side, Gomez dominated in a three way race. He won 51 percent of the vote while Mike Sullivan got only 36 percent of the vote and Dan Winslow got just 13 percent. Gomez is new to politics.  He is both a former Navy Seal and successful investment banker. He campaigned as a more practical and moderate Republican.

The special election will take place on June 25th. Given the strong Democratic leanings of the state Markey is considered to be the clear favorite in the general election. According to Gallup, Massachusetts is the fourth most Democratic state in the country.

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