Senate Special Election Primary
This was the campaign that wasn't.
And I don't think the candidates, or the bombs at the Marathon, were totally responsible.
in politics, there's campaigning and there's governing, and--right now--it seems like we're always voting, but Washington rarely governs.
News alert: tonight could bring change.
Given all the support he got from his party and other elected officials, Ed Markey was expected to win the Democratic Primary. Markey is a proud symbol of the status quo.
Many candidates talk about change, but he isn't one of them. More than anything--Markey promises more of the same: deep blue, liberal, Massachusetts politics.
And, in a state dominated by Democrats, that may be more than enough.
Gabriel Gomez is about to find out. The Navy Seal is not your typical GOP candidate--he supports gay marriage; immigration reform; and doesn't want to roll back abortion rights.
Put it all together, and Gomez sounds like he comes from the Democratic wing of the Republican Party, which sets up quite a matchup for Massachusetts voters.
Forget the Primary campaign (which shouldn't be difficult)--and get ready for an unusual congressional race here: a young, charismatic, socially moderate Republican against a liberal, charismatically-challenged, Democrat who's been in Washington for almost forty years.
Markey will be the favorite, but Gomez has a lot going for him.