Election Tuesday for long-held Democratic House seat
December 10th, 2013
08:29 AM ET
10 months ago

Election Tuesday for long-held Democratic House seat

(CNN) - Polls are open in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District, where voters are casting ballots to fill a vacant seat in the U.S House of Representatives that was long held by Democrat Ed Markey.

The winner of the election between Democratic state Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose and Republican attorney Frank Addivinola of Boston will serve the final year of Markey's term.

The longtime Democratic congressman stepped down in July after winning a special U.S. Senate election a month earlier to fill out the term of former Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who became U.S. Secretary of State at the beginning of the year.

The district, which stretches from coastal communities north of Boston to the suburban cities west of the city, including Framingham, Medford, and Waltham, is heavily Democratic, with Barack Obama winning two-thirds of the vote in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

Markey was first elected to the House in 1976, and grabbed 76% of the vote in his 2012 re-election.

As she's run for Congress, Clark has highlighted equal pay for women, reducing gun violence, and increasing the minimum wage. Addivinola has run as an anti-Washington candidate and has pushed for a smaller federal government. The two candidates have widely divergent views on many issues, from abortion to the federal health care law.

Clark has greatly outpaced Addivinola when it comes to fundraising, and secured the backing of Markey and the state's other Senator, freshman Elizabeth Warren.

Two other candidates are also on the ballot.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Congress • House • Massachusetts
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Let's hope the bad weather doesn't discourage people from voting, and let's pray that they do it safely.

    December 10, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I can't see any mass resident with any brains voting for the GOP after they lost 24 billion in 16 days, the new GOP conservatives,don't waste money on food stamps, just flush it down the tiolet and get nothing for it!!!!!!

    December 10, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. eday iowa

    Lets hope the usa wakes up and sends obama a massage its over and you sholuld move along

    December 10, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. Anonymous

    If you think Obamacare is bad, the worst is yet to come. By spring, another 50 to 100 million in the small business sector will lose their health insurance. The numbers of those who will continue to be without insurance will rise to obscene levels. People will die waiting for the government to decide if they can have treatment. Yes, my friends, Obama has fundamentally changed America and we need to take it back.

    December 10, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. JTY

    If you think Obamacare is bad, the worst is yet to come. By spring, another 50 to 100 million in the small business sector will lose their health insurance. The numbers of those who will continue to be without insurance will rise to obscene levels. People will die waiting for the government to decide if they can have treatment. Yes, my friends, Obama has fundamentally changed America and we need to take it back.

    December 10, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    eday iowa

    Lets hope the usa wakes up and sends obama a massage its over and you sholuld move along

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hate to burst your bubble hon, but President Obama isn't going anywhere for another 3 years, 52 days.

    December 10, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    That should be 3 years, 42 days.

    December 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. A True Conservative

    I can't see any Mass resident with any brains voting for a Democrat after they proved their incompetence with the rollout of their signature health legislation. But then again they voted for a murderer for Senate many times......By the way Name – how much did the government lose ong the GM bailout? Or don't you really want to talk about facts? LOL!

    December 10, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. loving it

    "eday iowa

    Lets hope the usa wakes up and sends obama a massage its over and you sholuld move along"

    Or we could just send you a message, that the election is over, and Obama won handily. (Though maybe he could use a massage, I know I could.)

    Are you just another of those fake "patriots" who only believe in democracy when your guy wins?

    Enjoy the next three years of President Obama. Then the next eight of most likely Hilary.

    December 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    eday iowa

    Lets hope the usa wakes up and sends obama a massage its over and you sholuld move along
    -------------------------
    America did wake up. It woke up back in 2007 when conservative fiscal policies resulted in the beginning of The Great Recession, culminating in 2008 with the Wall Street Bailouts to the tune of at least $700 billion. America woke up when conservative foreign policies resulted in an unfunded war being waged under false pretenses. America woke up to the war on the middle class that's been waged for hte last 30+ years.

    America woke up to how the right wing spins misinformation. America woke up to how conservatives lie by telling half-truths, which contain negative and misleading innuendoes. America has awakened to the truths of conservative politics.

    December 10, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Sheila

    "America has awakened to the truths of conservative politics" but will this "truth" be heard at the voting booth, in November 2014 ? or will they decide to "wait" till 2016 and vote ?

    December 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    A True Conservative

    I can't see any Mass resident with any brains voting for a Democrat after they proved their incompetence with the rollout of their signature health legislation. But then again they voted for a murderer for Senate many times......By the way Name – how much did the government lose ong the GM bailout? Or don't you really want to talk about facts?
    ----------------------------------
    How much we lose on GM? Oh, I'd say just about as much as we lost on those pallets of cash that we lost track of Iraq. How do you lose billions and billions in cash? Better question. Why would you ship billions and billions in cash into the middle of a war zone?

    December 10, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Hector Slagg

    Um, Yes,
    Will this be a message to the Liberal's. Not likely. Not like the Liberal's aren't scrambling to stop the News of the impending disaster from getting even worse than it already is. The current mess, not including the over 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt will take a long time to straighten out. But it's what you get when you let the Liberal's lie to you time after time with no improvement. If you have a job, thank a Republican. If you have a Welfare Check, also thank a Republican. And remember the liberal Mantra, WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS, WE WILL GO PLACES. Just where you don't want to know.

    December 10, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |