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Edward Markey Wins Massachusetts Special Election


Veteran Democratic Congressman Edward Markey has won the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry .   

Senator-elect Markey told cheering supporters in a Boston hotel ballroom that he was deeply humbled and profoundly grateful for the victory.  He said he would go to the Senate to build a “ bold and bright” future for everyone in Massachusetts and across the country. He said he would work to create clean energy jobs.  Markey received 55 percent of the vote Tuesday to 44 percent for Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez.  Gomez, in a gracious concession speech said he wished Markey all the best.  He gave no hint about his future political plans.  Markey will likely be sworn in as the state’s new Senator in early July.  He’ll be up for reelection in 2014.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.