26 Jun '13, 1am

Ed Markey, climate hawk, headed for the Senate

Ed Markey, climate hawk, headed for the Senate

Markey campaign He’ll soon be the newest member of the U.S. Senate. Rep. Ed Markey, who pushed climate action and clean energy during 37 years in the U.S. House, is now on his way to the U.S. Senate. As expected, he handily beat Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special election to replace now-Secretary of State John Kerry . With more than 90 percent of the vote counted on Tuesday night, Markey was up 54 to 46 percent. Backers of Gomez had been hoping for a repeat of Scott Brown’s 2010 special-election upset, but conditions were different then — the Tea Party was on the rise, Obamacare hung in the balance, and the left-wing establishment took it for granted that Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat would stay blue. This time, even with Markey consistently polling as much as 10 points ahead of Gomez over the course of the two-month campaign, Democrats didn’t as...

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