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Ed Markey wins special election; Massachusetts will finally have a liberal in the US Senate

By Doug Powers  •  June 25, 2013 11:55 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

In Massachusetts, über liberal Ed Markey will now be known as Elizabeth Warren’s more conservative counterpart in the U.S. Senate:

Democrat Rep. Ed Markey is the winner of the Massachusetts special election to fill the Senate seat vacated when John Kerry became secretary of state, defeating businessmen and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez.

Markey was leading 55 percent to 45 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

Markey told his cheering supporters he will “seek consensus wherever possible. Like you, I am tired of gridlock. But I will never compromise on our principles.”

“I am going to the U.S. Senate to build a bold and bright future filled with optimism and opportunity for every family in the state of Massachusetts and across our great country,” Markey said in his victory speech.

The vote count, in terms Democrat Ed Markey understands, wasn’t math, just arithmetic.

From First Read:

The win is an important one for Democrats who avoided a potential embarrassment and now retain a 54-46 margin in the Senate, with a chance to gain back one more seat in an October special election in New Jersey.

If we include half of the “Gang of Eight,” the Democrat margin in the Senate is even wider than that.

**Written by Doug Powers

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