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Katherine Clark posts lopsided victory in race to fill Markey’s House seat

The low turnout at the Wyman School in Woburn gave elections inspector Jane Dolan a chance to catch up on her knitting. Later, Katherine M. Clark celebrated.
The low turnout at the Wyman School in Woburn gave elections inspector Jane Dolan a chance to catch up on her knitting. Later, Katherine M. Clark celebrated.Globe staff photos by Joanne Rathe (above) and Barry Chin

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Democrat Katherine M. Clark cruised to victory Tuesday, capturing the congressional seat long held by Edward J. Markey, in a lightly contested special election that drew the lowest voter turnout of any recent congressional race in Massachusetts.

Clark will become just the fifth woman to represent the state in the US House, where women hold 18 percent of the 435 seats.

Turnout was a dismal 13 percent, which appeared to set a record for voter apathy in the state’s recent US House races. The previous low-water mark was the October 2001 special election that Stephen F. Lynch won with just 17 percent turnout.

A state senator from Melrose, Clark won 40,172 votes, or 66 percent, easily defeating Frank J. Addivinola Jr., a Republican who had 19,319 votes, or 32 percent, for the seat from the Fifth Congressional District. Independents James Hall and James Aulenti each registered in the low single digits.

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