Democratic Representative Edward Markey is the winner of a special election in Massachusetts to succeed John Kerry in the Senate. Markey celebrated the victory with his supporters at a Boston hotel...

A long time member of the House of Representatives, the 66-year-old Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez by ten percentage points to take the seat vacated by Kerry when he became Secretary of State.

President Obama was pleased with the results.  He said in a statement Tuesday night "The people of Massachusetts can be proud that they have another strong leader fighting for them in the Senate."

Obama added that "the country will benefit from Ed's talent and integrity." (Metro Networks Inc.)

In other election news, Acushnet voters have again rejected a debt exclusion that would have paid for the construction of a combination library-community center at the Howard School on Middle Road.  The margin was 50 votes.  The "yes" vote was 1.271 and the "no" vote was 1,321.  (WBSM News)