Massachusetts: Markey-Gomez by the Numbers

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Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez, left, shakes hands with Democratic candidate Edward Markey after the forum. “A Community Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidates,” was held at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center, June 16, 2013.


Rep. Ed Markey won a Senate electionin Massachusetts yesterday the way most Democrats win statewide: rolling up big margins in large cities and university centers.

Markey beat Republican Gabriel Gomez by 55 percent to 45 percent, prevailing in the nine most vote-rich municipalities according to a Political Capital review of unofficial results from the Associated Press.

Markey won 76 percent in Boston, the state capital, where his margin of 48,649 votes accounted for more than 40 percent of his statewide margin of 117,908 votes.

Along with Newton, Worcester, Cambridge, Springfield, Quincy, Somerville, Arlington and Brookline, Markey won the nine biggest-voting cities by 109,212 votes, almost matching his statewide margin. Gomez actually won more municipalities than Markey, 196 to 153, though many of his victories came in lesser-populated jurisdictions. Markey and Gomez unofficially tied in two municipalities.

In terms of vote percentage, Markey’s best areas were Provincetown (90 percent), at the tip of Cape Cod; Cambridge (89 percent), home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology next to Boston; and Amherst (89 percent), which includes Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the west-central area of the state.

Markey had 82 percent in Williamstown, which takes in Williams College, and 80 percent in Northampton, which includes Smith College.

Gomez, a son of Colombian immigrants, was seeking to become the first Hispanic senator from Massachusetts. Yet Markey dominated the vote all five Massachusetts cities and towns where Hispanics account for more than 30 percent of residents. Markey had 73 percent in Lawrence, which is 74 percent Hispanic, and 74 percent in Chelsea, which is 62 percent Hispanic.

Markey’s victory paralleled the 55 percent to 45 percent margin by which Democrat John Kerry won his first Senate election in 1984. Kerry resigned in February to become secretary of state, paving the way for the special election.


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