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February 7, 2016

Don’t Write Off Massachusetts Senate Race Just Yet

Markey has been in Congress since 1977. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Markey, who has been in Congress since 1977, begins the Senate race as the clear frontrunner. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate special election in Massachusetts took an interesting turn this week, when former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez drew more than 50 percent of the vote to win the GOP nomination.

Gomez will face Rep. Edward J. Markey on June 25. Markey won the Democratic nomination with 57 percent of the vote over Rep. Stephen F. Lynch.

The total GOP primary vote was less than what Lynch received in the Democratic race, and the Bay State’s Democratic bent is undeniable. But Gomez has an interesting story, and at least the GOP didn’t nominate an old white guy who had served in the Massachusetts Legislature. (Gomez beat former U.S. Attorney Mike Sullivan and Dan Winslow, a current member of the state House.)

Democrats won’t allow themselves to be surprised the way they were when Scott P. Brown beat Martha Coakley in the last Senate special election, in early 2010, and the national party’s image can’t do anything but hurt Gomez’s already uphill chances. But there is no reason to rush to judgment on this race, at least for a couple of weeks, and it’s worth watching to see how it unfolds. Obviously, Markey begins as the clear favorite.

  • DrSquishy

    Gomez tried to swift boat Obama on the Bin Laden raid. African-Americans will come out in droves against him in Massachusetts.

    • camdenme2

      Can you guys vote ???

    • Frank Johnson

      As with Kerry there it isn’t swift boating to tell the truth.

    • James Adams

      are you implying racial-bloc voting? i can imagine your outrage if whites”came out in droves for their own”.its apparent that its the other races that are racist,yet whites are always falsely blamed.i say from now on whites should block-vote as a race,just like blacks,jews,asians and hispanics do.

      • TMLutas

        Well, Hispanics do outnumber blacks in MA.

  • camdenme2

    Go Gabe !!! Markey is a bomb thrower! Anything but bi-partisan !

  • Kevin Bard

    “But Gomez has an interesting story….” We all have interesting stories. That doesn’t mean that we all get to be voted into the Senate. Besides, looking at the primary results, where are these alleged pro-Gomez votes supposed to come from in the general? It would be a miracle if Gomez only loses by 8 points.

  • Norbert Sichterman

    Just hope the Republicans will get fully behind him.

    • James Adams

      i’d sit this one out,gomez is just another liberal peo-amnesty rino.out to help his own kind who came here illegally.just like raul labrador and marco rubio ran as conservatives now both totally turn and push hard for amnesty,has to be the racial-solidarity thing that every race but whites are allowed to have in america.

      • austinwoman

        Well one can hardly expect MA to elect a true conservative. We have to just hope for the lesser of two evils from that state!

  • Frank Johnson

    Don’t bet they won/’t trash him?

  • James Adams

    “old white guy”? whats with the lack of disregard for whites.i’d like to see you say old,jewish candidate or old black or old hispanic candidate instead of thinking its okay to denigrate whites.or how about this:try to respect everyone.

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