Revere’s former Congressman Ed Markey (D-Malden) easily bested Republican challenger Gabriel Gomez by a vote of 60 percent to 39 percent in the local vote to take his place in the elite company of the U.S. Senate.
The overall statewide vote was a little bit closer than Revere’s results, with a vote of 55 percent for Markey and 45 percent for Gomez.
However, low voter turnout was absolutely similar in Revere as it was statewide, with only 24 percent of the 25,000 registered voters showing up at the polls last Tuesday, June 25th.
In Revere, 5,946 ballots were cast, with Markey getting 3,567 – about the same number as the top vote-getter in recent Revere City Council at-large races.
Markey tore through the Revere precincts, scoring 80 percent of the vote in the areas of Ward 2.
Gomez didn’t win a single precinct in Revere, though he did come within a few votes of winning in Ward 5-1 and Ward 6-2.
With the win, Markey leaves his Congressional seat vacant. That will lead to another special election within the district – which runs from Winthrop all the way to the Metro West communities.
While many were mum on running, the field has become crowded as of late, though no one from the immediate area is considering joining the crowd.
Candidates so far include:
•Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian
•Medford State Rep. Carl Sciortino
•Belmont Sen. Will Brownsberger
•Melrose Sen. Katherine Clark
•Ashland Sen. Karen Spilka
An election schedule has yet to be determined due to the fact that Markey hasn’t been sworn in. It is believed that the special election would likely take place in December.