Ed Markey garnered 72 percent of the votes in his hometown of Malden in Tuesday's special election, but only 28 percent of registered voters showed up, according to City Clerk Karen Anderson.
When Martha Coakley and Scott Brown faced off in a US Senate special election in 2010, 49 percent of Malden voters cast ballots, Anderson said.
"I think it was a combination of things," she said. "This campaign never heated up the way the other one did."
Markey received 5,888 votes in Malden, Gabriel Gomez received 2,198, and Richard Heos received 40 votes, Anderson said.
Markey has listed his childhood home on Townsend Street as his home address since first being elected to Congress in 1976. He also owns a home in Chevy Chase, Md.