U.S. Senator Elect Ed Markey (D-MA) said, "I will fight for our veterans who protected out country. And I will fight to preserve our planet for generations to come."
Longtime House member Ed Markey will now be the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.
It was a race high in importance, but low in public interest.
"Whoo, hoo, vote for Gomez," shouted his supporters."
A small, colorful and bipartisan contingent lobbied last minute voters casting ballots at the La Salette Shrine in Attleboro.
Democrat Norman Belmarce said, "I am voting for Markey because he's been around for a long time and he's done a lot of good for this state."
Republican Larry O'Toole said, "I voted for Gomez. A Republican and I just like what he stands for. A Navy Seal."
Here and across the Bay State turnout was light, and may not even reach 20 percent when the final count is in.
That concerns voters we spoke too in both parties.
Republican Dianne Cavanaugh said, "I know there is not a lot of excitement this time around, and I am not sure why. I wish it was different."
Democrat David Downs agreed, "I think we all ought to vote more. Get more people out to vote."
As for Gabriel Gomez his chance for elective office may come another day.
ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "But Ed Markey's victory may be short lived. Because he is only filling out the unexpired portion of John Kerry's terms, if Markey wants a full 6 year term, he'll have to run for reelection in just 14 months. I'm ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis."