Massachusetts---Unseasonably mild weather and an incontinence of civic urge combined to propel voters by the dozens to polling places across Massachusetts for Tuesday's special Senate election primary. The Democratic race pitted the extremely left-leaning Rep. Edward J. Markey against the moderately extremely left-leaning Rep. Stephen F. Lynch. A handful of Republicans also competed for the opportunity to enjoy a humiliating defeat in the June 25 general contest.
Massachusetts special elections are a triennial event sponsored by the State Elections Division to raise awareness for candidates of below-average electability.
At 8:03 p.m. edt, Rep. Markey was officially declared the Democratic nominee with a commanding lead of 4,239 votes to Lynch's 2,711 (14% of precincts reporting). He will face Marathon survivor and former Navy SEAL Gabriel E. Gomez, who amassed an impressive 6,042 Republican votes (87% reporting).