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Mass. has a population of about 6.7 million. Markey won by only about 118,000 votes. [View All]

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-26-13 05:16 AM
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Mass. has a population of about 6.7 million. Markey won by only about 118,000 votes.
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The final vote was Markey, 642,988 and Gomez, 525,080, or a total turnout of 1,168,068.

Now, out of a total population of about 6.7 million, some are kids and some are adults who are not eligible to vote, such as foreign students in our many junior colleges, colleges and grad schools.

Still, in 2008, over 3 million voted in the Presidential election.

Meanwhile, think on this. Ed Markey started this race with a fair amount of name recognition statewide for a rep, Gomez with zero name recognition. Ed Markey, like the Kennedys and so many others in Massachusetts, is Irish Catholic.

"The five largest reported ancestries in Massachusetts are: Irish (23.8%), Italian (14.2%), French/French Canadian (or Franco-American) (12.9%), English (11.8%), and German (6.7%)."

Gomez is Hispanic. While Massachusetts is by no means as xenophobic as some states, its own Hispanic population does not even show up in wiki's breakdown of Massachusetts demographics. So, it's under 1%.

Massachusetts is one of the bluest states. Markey is blue; Gomez is red.

Markey has been in Congress for 37 years, Gomez 0.

Before this campaign, Markey had been in three primaries and eight challenged elections. This was Gomez's first campaign.

And Markey won by only 118,000 votes.

Now, a win is a win. But, it is being touted as a huge victory. (Because of the incredibly low turnout, already fading from the memory ot media, it seems, those 118,000 votes out of a possible 3 million plus, made a ten point difference, giving Markey 55% to Gomez's 45%.)

In light of all the facts, though, I see it as Markey having squeaked by.

And the low turn, perhaps the lowest ever, also speaks volumes.

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