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June 26, 2013

Markey beats Gomez

North Shore splits its candidate support in Senate race


Out of Salem’s 25,932 registered voters, 6,528 cast ballots — a 25 percent turnout.

Hamilton Town Clerk Jane Wetson said the polls were steady all day in that town. There was about a 30 percent turnout.

“There was even a little line when we opened,” she said. “Everybody said it was going to be slow, so I think a lot of clerks are pleasantly surprised.”

In Wenham, there was about a 34 percent turnout.

“I kind of thought that based on the absentee ballots taken out that we would see a decent turnout,” said Trudy Reid, Wenham’s town clerk.

“I think it is a little better than expected,” said Mary Gallant, a poll warden at Centerville School in Beverly, which reported a 28 percent voter turnout citywide.

Rita Carter, a warden at Holton Richmond Middle School, said voters came in at a good pace throughout the day. The town reported a 23 percent turnout.

“I didn’t think we would have much of a turnout,” she said. “But on a hot day, they were here.”

Salem resident Josh Gillis said he almost didn’t vote.

“I was underwhelmed by both candidates,” Gillis said. “Gomez’s only platform seemed to be that he was a Navy Seal and he wasn’t old.”

In the end he voted for Markey — the winner.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

Special Election Results

Gomez, R Markey, D Heos, TVP

Beverly 3,319 (47%) 3,781 (53%) 22 (0%)

Danvers 2,621 (55%) 2,137 (45%) 20 (0%)

Hamilton 1,040 (59%) 728 (41%) 2 (0%)

Ipswich 1,631 (48%) 1,778 (52%) 7 (0%)

Marblehead 2,647 (47%) 3,028 (53%) 17 (0%)

Peabody 4,849 (51%) 4,701 (49%) 48 (0%)

Salem 2,399 (37%) 4,084 (63%) 27 (0%)

Swampscott 1,378 (41%) 2,000 (58%) 8 (0%)

Wenham 545 (57%) 409 (43%) 3 (0%)

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