HAVERHILL — Haverhill followed the rest of the state in giving the nod to Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez in Tuesday’s special party primary contest for the right to face-off June 25 for the seat formerly held by U.S. Senator John Kerry.
Congressman Ed Markey, D-Malden, bested Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, in 14 of 21 Haverhill voting precincts and by 102 votes overall. A total of 3,142 Haverhill voters cast a Democratic ballot.
Private equity investor Gabriel Gomez topped the Republican field with 884 votes, compared to 519 for ex-US Attorney Michael Sullivan and 300 for state Representative Daniel Winslow. A total of 1,708 voters cast a Republican ballot. Gomez, a former Navy pilot and Seal, won all 21 voting precincts here.
Overall, 4,850 of 40,956 registered Haverhill voters cast a ballot in the special primary election, or about 12 percent.
Statewide, city clerks and other political observers had predicted a very low turnout even as the U.S. Senate seats from Massachusetts have been in constant flux since the death of Edward M. Kennedy in 2010.
Kerry vacated his seat to become the U.S. Secretary of State.