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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Senator Ed Markey

A few weeks ago Ed Markey became the newest member of the United States Senate. He won his first race for congress in 1976, taking office the same year Jimmy Carter was sworn in as President. Unlike Carter, Markey held onto his seat in 1980 during the ensuing Reagan landslide and has been re-elected by more than 60% of the vote every time he has run for re-election. His lowest margin of victory was 62% in a three way contest during the 1992 election.

In 2013, he defeated fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch in the Democratic primary and went on to defeat first time office seeker Gabriel Gomez and Richard Heos in the June general election. He will have to defend his seat in 2014 to win a full term in the Senate.

The pin above was made by Cambridge area volunteers during the campaign. Items were tough to get for even volunteers in the Bay State. There are lots of bumper stickers, signs, lapel stickers and shirts made by various issue groups that wanted to elected Markey. There was a pin made for Markey supporters out here in Portland on election night. Portlandia for Markey. The only thing missing is the bird (for you fans of Portlandia). For a full electoral history of Ed Markey, I would suggest you visit his wikipedia page. From what folks in the Bay State have told me, Gomez had at least 2 pins from his campaign and lots of stickers and paper items. No one knows if Heos had any items.

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