BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Edward Markey has declared victory in Massachusetts' hard-fought special U.S. Senate election.
Markey, speaking to supporters at a Boston hotel, said he had spoken to Republican Gabriel Gomez and thanked him for a spirited campaign.
Markey, who will fill out the remainder of the term left vacant by the resignation of John Kerry, quickly ticked off a slew of legislative priorities.
He said he wanted to help spark a "green energy revolution," protect seniors, boost job growth in Massachusetts and ensure young people can attend college without shouldering enormous debt.
Markey, a longtime member of the state's U.S. House delegation, also emphasized his humble roots in Malden. He talked about how his father was a milkman and how he helped put himself through college by driving an ice cream truck.