Markey, Lynch await primary results
BOSTON (WHDH) -- It’s a showdown on the Democratic side between two candidates, longtime Congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, for former Senator John Kerry’s seat.
Congressman Ed Markey cast his vote in his hometown of Malden Tuesday. A Congressman for 37 years, Markey is hoping to fill the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry who is now Secretary of State.
“The weather is beautiful. I think people are going to wake up and say, ‘Let’s get out there and vote,’ and I think it’s going to go through all the way until 8 o’clock tonight,” said Rep. Ed Markey.
Markey has been battling five-term Congressman Stephen Lynch who voted Tuesday morning in South Boston.
Lynch had to cancel several campaign appearances Monday and Tuesday because he has a stomach bug. But he says he's still feeling good about his chances even though he's been behind in the polls.
“My campaign has been terrific. They’ve done a great job. I couldn’t ask for more. I’m so proud of them through everything,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch.
The race has shaped up as a contest between Markey as the more liberal of the two who's counting on the suburban vote, and Lynch who's bucked the Democratic establishment by voting against President Obama's healthcare reform. He's been focusing on union support.
And now in what's predicted to be a low turnout election, both sides know their get-out-the-vote organization could mean the difference between winning and losing.
“What I’m doing today is calling my volunteers all across the state and cities and towns and thanking them for their good work and urging them to just keep going all the way,” said Markey.
“If we just get our vote out, we’ll be okay,” Lynch said. “That’s the challenge, to make sure everybody votes. I’m not worried about South Boston but I’m worried about some of the areas farther out that don’t know us as well.”
Both candidates have parts of Boston in their district, so their campaigns will be closely watching the city.