Democratic Rep. Ed Markey Tuesday won a special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, topping Republican businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in an election marked by low voter turnout.
The contest was the second time in three years that Massachusetts voters headed to the polls in a special U.S. Senate election with national implications.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Markey led Gomez 55%-45%, according to local media reports.
Markey, who had led in all the pre-election public opinion polls, will serve the remaining year and a half of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down earlier this year after being confirmed as U.S. secretary of state. […]
DENVER - Organizers of the effort to recall Colorado State Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) turned in more than double the number of signatures required to force a special election Monday.
The recall effort began in response to Morse’s leadership role when Colorado Democrats pushed for new gun-control laws earlier in 2013.
Supporters say they gathered more than 16,000 signatures, which must now be verified by the secretary of state’s office. If at least 7,200 of them are valid signatures from registered voters in Morse’s district, a recall election may take place later in 2013. […]
Supporters of sensible gun control and supporters of Senator Morse have organized a Facebook page:
A Whole Lot of People for John Morse
This Facebook page was recently trolled by the gun nuts, who reported a post as “violating community standards”.
The site admins have had their accounts frozen and the post was deleted.
Here is the “offensive” post:
“It is sadly ironic that exactly six months after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, we learn that Senator Morse may indeed face a recall election for having the courage to take a stand on gun violence prevention. Six months ago, I lost my sister, who along with 5 other remarkable educators and 20 precious children were innocent victims of an unspeakable act of gun violence. It is something my family and I will live with every day for the rest of our lives. The time for action to stop gun violence is long overdue, and I stand with Senator Morse and the majority of Colorado legislators who voted to make our state safer. These bills went through the democratic process and were supported by a majority of legislators. And further, they are supported by more than 80% of Coloradans. But because of a few sore losers who don’t like what happened at the Capitol, they are going to waste a tremendous amount of time, money and effort.”
This was from Jane Dougherty, sister of Mary Sherlach, who was the school psychologist at Sandy Hook.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday set an October special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by Frank Lautenberg’s death, a decision that gets voters the quickest possible say on who will represent them in Washington but preserves Christie as the top attraction on November’s ballot.
The move means the state will have two statewide elections three weeks apart, a rare occurrence that’s already drawing criticism.
At a news conference, Christie didn’t answer the big question of whom he’ll appoint to fill the seat in the meantime, but he said he has a list of possibilities in his head and will announce a decision quickly. […]