Live Results: Massachusetts Senate Special Election
Massachusetts is holding a special election to fill the seat previously held by John Kerry, who left to become secretary of state. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, a Democrat, is running against Republican Gabriel Gomez, a private equity executive and former Navy SEAL.
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About the race
John Kerry, one of Massachusetts' two senators since 1985, resigned in February to become secretary of state. Massachusetts' governor temporarily appointed Mo Cowan after Kerry was confirmed. Cowan will be replaced by the winner of today's election.
The winner will finish Kerry's term, which ends in 2015.
The U.S. Senate currently has 52 Democrats, 46 Republicans and two independents, both of whom caucus with the Democrats.
Later this year, another special election will be held to fill the seat of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died earlier this month.
Sources: The Associated Press, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, Congressional Biographical Directory.
Photos: Congressional Biographical Directory, Gabriel Gomez for Senate, White House Press Office.
By Aaron Bycoffe and Jay Boice