With 51 percent of the vote, Gabriel Gomez won the Republican special state primary held Tuesday, April 30, to fill the vacancy created in Congress because Senator John Kerry resigned and was appointed secretary of state. For the Democrats, Edward Markey beat Stephen Lynch, 58 percent to 42 percent.
Initial unofficial primary results are being reported at Boston.com.
The deadline to register to vote for the special state election is Wednesday, June 5. The election is set for Tuesday, June 25.
For more information about these elections, visit the state election website.
The candidates for US Senate, in brief, according to The Globe:
Gabriel E. Gomez, 47, of Cohasset. he is a former Navy SEAL and private equity investor.
What he’s running on: He’s not a “career politician.” Wants to “reboot” Congress with a lifetime ban on lobbying; term limits and a pay freeze.
Potential weakness: He alienated conservatives by supporting President Obama in 2008 and praising Democratic Governor Deval Patrick in a letter seeking appointment to the Senate.
Michael J. Sullivan, 58, of Abington, a former state and federal prosecutor, legislator and acting director of ATF.
What he’s running on: Experience, calling himself “tested and trusted.” He touts his tough-on-crime background but dismisses new gun control proposals as ineffective.
Potential weakness: Conservative bent, close ties to former President George W. Bush’s administration, could make him unappealing to general election voters in liberal Massachusetts.
Daniel B. Winslow, 54, of Norfolk. a state representative, onetime judge, former lawyer for Governor Mitt Romney’s administration.
What he’s running on: A socially progressive and fiscally conservative platform. Limited government, simplified tax code that ends corporate welfare and cuts corporate tax rates.
Potential weakness: His one liners and quick wit have brought him endorsements but little momentum and his ideas are often dismissed as gimmicks by his colleagues.
Stephen F. Lynch, 55, of South Boston, a US congressman, former legislator and onetime ironworker.
What he’s running on: His underdog status and reputation as a fighter. The conservative Democrat is known for bucking his party in D.C., even on high-profile issues such as Obamacare.
Potential weakness: He has lost support from unions over issues like Obamacare and may have muddled his message to voters when he dropped his opposition to abortion during this campaign.
Edward J. Markey, 66, of Malden, a US congressman and former state legislator.
What he’s running on: Longtime liberal record on issues from gun control to climate change to abortion rights.
Potential weakness: His 36 years in Congress are derided by rivals who seek to portray him as part of the dysfunction in D.C.