Dems have edge in sprint to Mass. special election

BOSTON (AP) — National Republicans are cheering former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez’s Massachusetts primary victory. But Democratic Congressman Ed Markey enjoys tremendous advantages in the special election to replace former U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

Tuesday’s primary elections set up an eight-week sprint to the June 25 election.

In Markey, the race pits a longtime liberal politician known for environmental advocacy against Gomez, a fresh-faced social moderate with untested political skills.

Republicans quietly concede that Markey is the favorite in a state where only 11 percent of voters are Republicans. Democratic leaders are vowing not to make the mistakes of the 2010 special contest when Sen. Scott Brown won.

Gomez won a three-way GOP primary against former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow. Markey defeated fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

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