The race to become Massachusetts' next U.S. Senator now comes down to Democrat Congressman Ed Markey and Republican businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez.
Tuesday in Peabody, Gomez secured a solid victory over his Republican opponents Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow as he did statewide, but it was Democrat Congressman Stephen Lynch who bucked the larger trend with a 164-vote margin over Markey.
Here's a look at the local results:
Senator in CongressDEMOCRAT Stephen Lynch 2,236 52% Edward Markey 2,072 48% Total votes 4,327 REPUBLICANS Gabriel Gomez 839 50% Michael Sullivan 561 33% Daniel Winslow 259 15% Total votes 1,680
Overall turnout for the special election primary to eventually succeed former Sen. John Kerry was 17 percent in Peabody, slightly higher than City Clerk Tim Spanos had predicted. The total number of registered voters is about 35,100.
"I'll take it," Spanos said Tuesday night. He said he hopes the final election on June 25 gets a larger turnout, although it's still a "weird time of the year" to have an election.
Spanos said the publicity and campaigning efforts will likely ramp up over the next two months, but it is the first time in his 30 years in the clerk's office that he can recall ever having an election in June.