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Salem has higher voter turnout than expected in Tuesday's special Senate election

Posted by Terri Ogan  June 26, 2013 08:41 AM

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A higher number of Salem voters came out to cast their ballot than expected in Tuesday's special Senate election, where Democrat Ed Markey defeated Republican newcomer Gabriel Gomez.

Salem City Clerk Cheryl Lapointe said the city saw a 25 percent voter turnout, a number that she was hoping for.There are a total of 25,932 registered voters in Salem.

"It's definitely better than the primary," Lapointe said. "It was higher than expected. I was hoping for about this, but I was worried about the weather and how hot it was."

According to unofficial numbers, Gomez took about 37 percent of Tuesday's votes, while Markey got about 63 percent of Salem's votes. Richard Heos took less than one percent of the votes.

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