Wellesley voters mirrored state trends as 56 percent of residents who cast a ballot Tuesday voted for US Representative Ed Markey to replace John Kerry, who resigned his US Senate seat to serve as Secretary of State.
Almost half of the 16,000 registered Wellesley voters went to the polls Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the town clerk's office.
The town reflected state trends, where Massachusetts voters favored Markey at 55 percent over Gabriel Gomez, the investment banker and former Navy SEAL nominated by the Republican Party.
Wellesley has a history of leaning left: the majority of town voters have favored Democratic candidates over Republican ones in the past four elections dating back to 2008, according to a Boston Globe chart.
In the late April special primary election, 26 percent of Wellesley voters cast their ballots. Democrats heavily favored Markey at 82 percent over fellow congressman Stephen Lynch, while Republicans threw substantial support behind Gabriel Gomez with 62 percent of their vote over his rivals, Michael J. Sullivan and Daniel B. Winslow.
At the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Markey painted a cheerful picture of his work to come as a US Senator during his televised victory speech.
“I am going to the US Senate to build a bold and bright future filled with optimism and opportunity for every family in the state of Massachusetts and across our great country,” he said. "Like you, I am tired of gridlock. But I will never compromise on our principles.”
In his concession speech, Gomez blamed his loss on campaign finances, but simultaneously apologized for his failure to be elected.
"We were massively overspent - we went up against literally the whole national Democratic party and all its allies," he said.
Still, he added: "I offer absolutely no excuse for coming up short."
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