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May 1, 2013

Gomez, Markey win

With low turnout, North Shore results mostly mirror state's

The votes cast across the North Shore in yesterday’s special U.S. Senate primaries echoed the statewide vote — for the most part.

Most North Shore towns and cities supported Congressman Ed Markey, D-Malden, and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez, a Republican, for their respective nominations. The two men will square off against each other to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated in February when John Kerry stepped down to become U.S. secretary of state.

In the Democratic primary, Markey was challenged by Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston. Markey got the nod from voters in Beverly, Danvers, Hamilton, Ipswich, Marblehead, Salem, Swampscott, Ipswich and Wenham.

However, Lynch won in Peabody, with 2,236 votes over Markey’s 2,072.

On the Republican side, Gomez was challenged by Michael Sullivan, a former U.S. attorney and Plymouth district attorney, and state Rep. Daniel Winslow.

Gomez swept most North Shore towns and cities, including Beverly, Danvers, Hamilton, Ipswich, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott and Wenham.

Local election officials said the voter turnout was low, as also reported statewide.

With less than an hour before the polls closed, the Bentley Elementary School gymnasium in Salem was empty.

“This is the slowest I’ve ever seen,” said Sharon Armstrong, who has worked the polls for four years.

Out of the city’s 25,734 registered voters, 3,872 cast ballots — a 15 percent turnout.

“There was not a lot of interest,” Armstrong said. “I talked to some people this week who didn’t even know about it.”

Sean Dixon-Gumm of Salem voted for Markey at Bentley School last night. While he tries to vote in every election, he was driven to the polls yesterday by reports of “abysmal” voter turnouts.

“He is a more progressive candidate to my way of thinking,” he said. “I think both candidates are good men.”

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