With 89% of the vote counted, Congressman Ed Markey has been elected to the Senate winning 54.1% of the vote defeating GOP candidate Gabriel Gomez who earned 45.5% of the vote.
The result is not surprising. Markey isn't a compelling candidate, but Gomez never gave Massachusetts voters a reason to vote for him, much less vote against Markey. While Gomez showed flashes on the campaign trail, his organization was weak and simply no match for the Bay State's Democratic machine.
Until I arrived at the polling station, I was unaware there was a third candidate on the ballot - Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party. I am not sure what sort of hallucinogens must be consumed in order to be eligible for party membership but apparently 4,099 Massachusetts residents saw fit to cast a ballot for him.
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