A higher number of Peabody voters cast their ballots than what officials anticipated in Tuesday's special state Senate election where Democrat Ed Markey defeated Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez.
City Clerk Tim Spanos said 27 percent of Peabody residents came out to vote yesterday, according to unofficial numbers. There are 35,113 registered voters in the city.
"I thought it was higher than what I expected," Spanos said. "It's been so up and down lately with the elections that we had. I'm not sure what drove it up, but I'm sure the candidates had a lot to do with it and got their message out."
Gomez got about 51 percent of the votes. compared to 49 percent for Markey. Richard Heos took home less than one percent of the city's votes.