Council to confirm Markey winner of US Senate race
BOSTON (AP) -- The Governor's Council is poised to formally certify the vote in last month's special U.S. Senate election.
That certification, which is expected to come during a meeting of the eight-member panel on Wednesday, will confirm U.S. Rep. Edward Markey's victory over Republican Gabriel Gomez.
The 66-year-old Democrat won the June 25 special election to fill the seat formerly held by John Kerry, who resigned earlier this year to become secretary of state. Markey has served in the state's congressional delegation for 37 years.
A spokeswoman for Markey says he will be sworn in on July 16.
William "Mo" Cowan has served as interim senator from Massachusetts since Kerry's resignation.
Markey's win has already sparked a scramble for his House seat. A special election will be scheduled 145-160 days after Markey's resignation.