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01:16 PM on 06/26/2013
Why is this a big surprise? Mass is a hugely blue state yet Markey won by 55% to 45%, based on the number of registered Democrats vs registered Republicans it is very apparent that not all Democrats think he was the right choice. What is surprising also is the number of blue towns that favored Gomez, some by huge margins.
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talking point squasher
We've got the trickle down frown...
01:47 PM on 06/26/2013
Uh, nice try, but horrible analysis. The overwhelming reality is that it was an extremely low turn-out, which inevitably favors the challenger, especially when they are in the minority party. I doubt Gomez would have even reached 40% with higher voter turnout.
As a MA resident, let me assure you, there wasn't much enthusiasm behind Markey, and I am not sure that reflected him as a candidate. But for those that did support Gomez, they are far more motivated to get out to the polls.
This is how Scott Brown won, and Gomez simply did not have the same appeal and name-recognition to the conservative crowd here in MA.
02:12 PM on 06/26/2013
" The overwhelming reality is that it was an extremely low turn-out, which inevitably favors the challenger, especially when they are in the minority party."

You've got that backwards. Low turnout favors the majority party, in this case Markey. The Democratic machine here got their people to vote. When Scott Brown, there was a very good turnout, 54%.
03:18 PM on 06/26/2013
Ok buddy, pat yourself on the back as a know it all. As my father used to say , no I won't even say . But thanks for the laugh, hahahah
Unreadable
I was born.
01:09 PM on 06/26/2013
I don't see how this is not fair. Republicans are such whiny whiners. What's not fair is what they're doing, denying voters access to the polls with artificial voter registration obstacles. Campaigning for a party's candidate is unfair, it's just smart. But, of course, intellect has never been the highlight of Republicanism.
Unreadable
I was born.
01:11 PM on 06/26/2013
That's "NOT unfair", of course.
12:58 PM on 06/26/2013
the people of Mass. just had look and see how
republicans acted after voting in Brown buyers
remorse on the hole model line not just that one product
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harbormick
What a long strange trip it's been
12:56 PM on 06/26/2013
The curse of the Brownino is over (Sox fans will get it)
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Sandi Goldsmith
12:50 PM on 06/26/2013
Bye, bye Pretty Boy Brown!
12:48 PM on 06/26/2013
Let Sen. Markey's win be the advance guard for the removal of many Republicans from government in 2014. President Obama has dissappointed many Democrats as well as being a prime target for Republican obstruction. That said, he is still more worthy of support than the members of an opposition that has done nothing but neglect their obligations to the American public and above all, to the Republican support base. Better go with one who tries than one who obstructs.
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Mahi Joe
Think critically...not blindly conform
12:46 PM on 06/26/2013
Scott Brown was as phony as they can be. He proclaimed to be an independent thinker and his own man and the first time he had a chance to vote he voted against what he told the folks originally because the GOP/TPers put the cabosh on him. 
12:44 PM on 06/26/2013
"U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned in Boston for Gomez. But what help he got appeared to be too little, too late."

Can someone please expain how this is supposed to have helped?
leftword
To deny reality is to embrace ignorance
01:41 PM on 06/26/2013
Maybe Giuliani didn't mention 911 enough times.
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talking point squasher
We've got the trickle down frown...
01:49 PM on 06/26/2013
If I worked for the Gomez campaign I would have begged Giuliani to stay away.
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ANewSpirit
Why so serious?
12:42 PM on 06/26/2013
It's MA....one of the most liberal states in the country....and no surprise here.
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harbormick
What a long strange trip it's been
12:53 PM on 06/26/2013
It also one of the wealthiest and most educated states
NoBlame
Micro-biology for better leavening!
01:15 PM on 06/26/2013
that's the mistake conservatives keep making, assuming a state is liberal and therefore doesn't count. that's the thinking that lost in 2006, 2008, 2012 . . . .
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12:26 PM on 06/26/2013
MA does seem to be a state that learns from its mistakes. Just reaffirms my opinion of them.
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01:11 PM on 06/26/2013
It DID learn from its 'mistake' when it elected Elizabeth Warren over Brown. Brown is a lightweight, he should run for Mayor or something more to his abilities..
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pantherburns
labor creates all wealth
01:26 PM on 06/26/2013
Yes, our superior educational establishment, our high incomes, our great medical facilities, and our beautiful seashore are all things we should be ashamed of. When will we learn to be Mississippi?
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03:01 PM on 06/26/2013
Huh?????????

I think.. we are on the same side... Read what I wrote..... It was a compliment, geez.
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GUITFIDDEL
If you PICK on me, you better know the CHORDS
12:25 PM on 06/26/2013
"Washington Republican leaders distanced themselves from Gomez partly by design."

Yeah RIGHT! Are you sure “DESIGN” is the right word?

Please...
pssdov
No act of kindness goes unnoticed
12:27 PM on 06/26/2013
sure ain't Intelligent Design
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peskyjski
Well who hasn't been there before?
12:15 PM on 06/26/2013
Markey's win was delicious.
12:15 PM on 06/26/2013
2014 elections are nearing ... this will be the turning point for Americans' to put the Republicans - Tea Party and Libertarians in their place. Give President Obama the chance he deserves - vote for Democrats or people oriented Independents who think outside the party box, and care more about the 98% of us.

From Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - " ... and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

To me, "the people" are not the 2%, but rather the 98%. We don't need more Plutocracy and Oligarchy types ... they are the ones who got us in this mess. The Republican ideology is a failed ideology.
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01:04 PM on 06/26/2013
The problem will be gerrymandered districts that no matter what will vote Republican and that is a major problem if we are ever going to get this country on the right track. We need Democrats who are not corporate owned but willing to really do the work of the people along with a president who, like Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, will bust the greed and abuses on Wall Street and revitalize the middle class.
cureyourosity
INDEPENDENT--cuz the other two parties suck
12:11 PM on 06/26/2013
Being from MA...I'd say his victory is a yawn.

37yrs Markey's been in DC and voted 271 times to increase taxes that was enough for me not to vote for him--knowing full well that Gomez wasn't going to win.
Yet this political "nobody" still ended up with 45% of the vote...pretty good considering the president of the United States had to show up to stump for the opposition.
In 17months we gotta do it again, so hopefully there will be a better choice to select to beat Markey.
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Billy Goat Gruff
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12:13 PM on 06/26/2013
Speaking of yawn...
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ATL Clouds
OMG TGOP - Stop the Insanity!
01:18 PM on 06/26/2013
Ditto, yaaaaaaawn.
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01:00 PM on 06/26/2013
Ypur stance does not look "Independent" to me...it fits the tea party model so why try to sell pur self as something you are not...oh, yeah, that is the fop way these days.
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12:11 PM on 06/26/2013
Numerous promises and the continued dysfunctional Senate and Congress led by the Republican Party that are failing to move the country ahead by financial and social programs because of the hate they have toward our President of the United States, that they have to find scandals or financial issues to slow down progress of jobs, health care issues, the banking issues for mortgage foreclosures all put on hold! The Republican Party indeed need a autopsy because they are burying themselves by obstruction each passing day, and this is what is hurting them because the Republican Party just can't find a path to move forward, only to obstruct the American dream of good jobs for good people!