Democrat Clark wins congressional
election in Massachusetts
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[December 11, 2013]
BOSTON (Reuters) — Eastern
Massachusetts voters elected a Democratic state senator as their newest
representative in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday in a special election to
fill the seat formerly held by now-Senator Edward Markey, according to
local media reports.
Democrat Katherine Clark, who campaigned on issues including
improving women's healthcare and the rising cost of college, easily
won a four-way race to represent a district that includes Boston's
near western suburbs but not the city itself, according to the
reports, including by the Boston Globe.
She defeated Republican Frank Addivinola, Independent James Aulenti
and James Hall of the Justice Peace Security party in an election to
succeed Markey, who in June was elected to fill the Senate seat that
became vacant when John Kerry was named secretary of state.
Turnout was light for the off-cycle election, which came on a day
the Boston area was hit by an inch of snow.
Addivinola, a lawyer, had sought to tie Clark to President Barack
Obama's healthcare reform law at a time the program has been plagued
by technical problems.
The district leans heavily Democratic, said Peter Ubertaccio, a
professor of political science at Stonehill College in Easton,
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"Clark avoided almost any opportunity save one to sit down and have
a debate on the issues," said Ubertaccio, noting that hurt
Addivinola's efforts to build his name recognition.
Massachusetts' nine congressional representatives and two senators
are all Democrats.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; editing by Alden Bentley and Mary
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