On the Republican side, three candidates were vying for the nomination. They include former Navy SEAL and private equity investor Gabriel Gomez, State Rep. Dan Winslow and former US attorney and former acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Michael J. Sullivan. Gabriel Gomez will continue on to the general election.
While the spotlight has been on Boston in the past few weeks due to the Boston Marathon Bombings, the Senate race has had a hard time gaining much traction in the state, especially after the attacks. In the few days after April 15th, the candidates halted their campaigns and the dialogue changed from gun control and healthcare to who is best for national security. Turnout was expected to be low, with state officials estimating a turnout rate of 15%.
Whoever wins the general election will be finishing out the term of former Sen. John Kerry. Kerry resigned from the Senate in February to become Secretary of State and Governor Deval Patrick named William “Mo” Cowan as Kerry’s temporary successor. Cowan, Patrick’s former Chief of Staff, chose not to run in the special election and will continue to serve until the special election in June. The winner of the June special election will be up for re-election in 2014, for a full six year term.