United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013

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United States Senate special election in Massachusetts, 2013
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Nominee Ed Markey Gabriel E. Gomez
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 642,988 525,080
Percentage 54.8% 44.8%

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County Results

U.S. Senator before election

Mo Cowan
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ed Markey
Democratic

The 2013 United States Senate special election in Massachusetts was held on June 25, 2013, in order to fill the Massachusetts Class II United States Senate seat for the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2015.

The vacancy that prompted the special election was created by the resignation of Senator John Kerry, in order to become U.S. Secretary of State.[1] On January 30, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick chose his former Chief of Staff Mo Cowan to serve as interim U.S. Senator. Cowan declined to participate in the election. A party primary election was held on April 30 to determinate the nominees of each party for the general election. The Massachusetts Democrats nominated congressman Ed Markey, while the Massachusetts Republicans nominated Gabriel E. Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL.

The race drew remarks from the media, because of its potential similarity to the 2010 special election, when Republican State Senator Scott Brown upset the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.[2][3][4][5] However, this proved not to be the case, as Gomez trailed Markey in every opinion poll taken; and Markey managed to defeat Gomez with a significant margin of the popular vote, despite a low voter turnout.[6]

Background[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Senator John Kerry was nominated to serve as U.S. Secretary of State by President Barack Obama on December 21, 2012.[7][8] He was confirmed by the Senate on January 29, 2013,[9][10] and in a letter to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Kerry announced his resignation from the Senate effective February 1.[11] Kerry was sworn in as Secretary of State on the same day.[12]

Patrick's former Chief of Staff Mo Cowan replaced Kerry in the Senate on the same day and immediately ruled himself out of the special election.[13] The special primary elections took place on April 30. Democratic Congressman Ed Markey and Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez won their respective primaries.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Capuano
Martha
Coakley
Vicki
Kennedy
Stephen
Lynch
Ed
Markey
Marty
Meehan
Deval
Patrick
Other Undecided
Emerson College December 16–18, 2012 1,053 RV ± 2.9% 13% 11% 16% 20% 10% 30%
WBUR/MassINC December 17–18, 2012 500 RV ± 3.3% 8% 21% 5% 5% 3% 36% 3% 19%
Public Policy Polling January 29–30, 2013 763 ± 4.9% 19% 52% 29%
Public Policy Polling February 13–14, 2013 426 LV ± 4.8% 28% 43% 29%
WBUR/MassINC March 19–21, 2013 610 LV ± 4.1% 24% 35% 0% 41%
Public Policy Polling March 26–27, 2013 496 LV ± 4.4% 32% 49% 0% 19%
WNEU April 11–18, 2013 270 LV ± 6% 34% 44% 0% 21%

Results[edit]

  Markey
  Lynch
2013 Democratic Primary - United States Senate special election in Massachusetts[78]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Markey 309,854 57.4%
Democratic Stephen Lynch 229,973 42.6%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Charlie
Baker
Scott
Brown
Gabriel
Gomez
Michael
Sullivan
William
Weld
Daniel
Winslow
Other Undecided
Emerson College December 16–18, 2012 1,053 RV ± 2.9% 80% 7% 5% 7%
WBUR/MassINC December 17–18, 2012 500 RV ± 3.3% 5% 81% 6% 1% 7%
WBUR/MassINC March 19–21, 2013 610 LV ± 4.1% 8% 28% 10% 3% 50%
WNEU April 11–18, 2013 128 LV ± 9% 33% 27% 9% 30%

Results[edit]

  Gomez
  Sullivan
  Winslow
2013 Republican Primary - United States Senate special election in Massachusetts[78]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gabriel Gomez 96,276 51.0%
Republican Michael J. Sullivan 67,918 36.0%
Republican Daniel Winslow 24,630 13.0%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Debates[edit]

The candidates have had three debates:

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Markey, EdEd Markey (D) $7,866,591 $8,652,479 $2,264,701 $0
Gomez, GabrielGabriel Gomez (R) $3,304,338 $2,307,217 $997,120 $900,100
Source: Federal Election Commission[107][108]

Top contributors[edit]

Ed Markey Contribution Gabriel Gomez Contribution
League of Conservation Voters $147,518 Advent International $38,850
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo $35,950 Berkshire Partners $36,300
Dish Network $32,000 Summit Partners $28,900
Bain Capital $26,000 Bain Capital $11,400
Harvard University $24,400 Easterly Capital $10,400
DLA Piper $24,400 William Blair & Company $10,300
Comcast Corporation $23,350 HarbourVest Partners $7,800
WilmerHale $23,000 Power Financial Corporation $6,200
Berkshire Group $20,700 BMO Capital Markets $5,200
American Cable Association $20,500 Carlyle Group $5,200
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[109]

Top industries[edit]

Ed Markey Contribution Gabriel Gomez Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $528,470 Financial Institutions $211,800
Financial Institutions $228,050 Retired $37,250
Entertainment Industry $179,400 Misc Finance $16,105
Environmental Organizations $171,568 Lawyers/Law Firms $13,250
Real Estate $134,900 Business Services $13,050
Lobbyists $134,900 Commercial Banks $7,750
Retired $107,101 Manufacturing & Distributing $6,200
Business Services $101,200 High-Tech Industry $6,000
High-Tech Industry $65,450 Retail Industry $5,600
Universities $65,150 Misc Business $5,100
Source: Center for Responsive Politics[110]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ed
Markey (D)
Gabriel E.
Gomez (R)
Other Undecided
UMass Lowell-Boston Herald March 2–5, 2013 309 RV ± 4% 47% 28% 7% 19%
WBUR/MassINC March 19–21, 2013 610 LV ± 4.1% 44% 25% 3% 26%
WNEU April 11–18, 2013 480 LV ± 4.5% 51% 36% 12%
Emerson College May 1, 2013 797 RV ± 2.5% 42% 36% 16%
Public Policy Polling May 1–2, 2013 1,539 LV ± 2.5% 44% 40% 16%
WBUR/MassINC May 5–6, 2013 497 LV ± 4.4% 41% 35% 0% 23%
Suffolk May 4–7, 2013 500 LV ± 4.4% 52% 35% 13%
Public Policy Polling May 13–15, 2013 880 LV ± 3.3% 48% 41% 11%
Emerson College May 20–22, 2013 867 LV ± 3.26% 45% 33% 22%
New England College June 1–2, 2013 734 RV ± 3.62% 52% 40% 8%
UMass Amherst-YouGov America May 30–June 4, 2013 357 RV ± 5.4% 51% 40% 9%
Public Policy Polling June 3–4, 2013 560 LV ± 5.4% 47% 39% 14%
WBUR June 6–9, 2013 500 LV ± 3.4% 43% 36% 17%
Suffolk University June 6–9, 2013 500 LV ± 3.4% 44% 36% 10%
Harper Polling June 10–11, 2013 498 RV ± 4.39% 49% 37% 14%
Boston Globe June 11–14, 2013 508 LV ± 4.3% 54% 41% 4%
UMass Lowell-Boston Herald June 15–19, 2013 608 RV ± 4% 56% 36% 7%
WNEU June 16–20, 2013 566 LV ± 4.1% 49% 41% 9%
Emerson College June 19–20, 2013 1,422 RV ± 2.5% 51% 41% 8%
Suffolk University June 19–22, 2013 500 LV ± 4.4% 52% 42% 1% 5%

Results[edit]

2013 Massachusetts U.S. Senate special election[111]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Edward Markey 642,988 54.84% -10.98
Republican Gabriel Gomez 525,080 44.78% +13.79
Twelve Visions Party Richard Heos 4,518 0.39% n/a
Majority 117,908 10.06%
Turnout 1,172,586
Democratic hold Swing Decrease 11.2%

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