Back Bay Voters Support Markey in Special Election

July 2, 2013

Back Bay voters supported seasoned Democrat Edward Markey in his victory over GOP newcomer Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry in last Tuesday’s special election.

According to the city’s unofficial election results, an average of approximately 64 percent of voters in Ward 5, Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 9 cast their ballots for Markey, who has served as the U.S. Representative for the state’s 5th Congressional District since 1976, while Gomez, a private equity investor and former Navy SEAL, trailed with 36 percent. Richard Heos, a retired Woburn resident and member of the Twelve Visions Party, and write-in candidates together garnered less than 1 percent of votes.

Citywide, 76 percent of voters supported Markey and 23 percent backed Gomez, while Heos and write-in candidates together received less than 1 percent of the ballot.

In the race for the 8th Suffolk District state representative seat vacated by Marty Walz, Jay Livingstone, a Beacon Hill attorney and Democrat, garnered an average of around 93 percent of Back Bay votes, while 7 percent chose write-in candidates.

Meanwhile, an average of around 22 percent of registered voters in the Back Bay turned out for the election, compared with 24 percent of voters throughout the city.

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