It was not the result Gabriel Gomez supporters were hoping for as they gathered at a home in Longmeadow, Tuesday night. A crowd waited with anticipation as the special election results for a vacant Senate seat filtered in from all over the state.
Initially, there was excitement as the Republican candidate jumped ahead of his Democratic contender, Congressman Ed Markey. As results continued to come in from the larger cities Tuesday night, the momentum began to turn the other way.
The Gomez Campaign Coordinator for Hampden County, 17-year-old Jonathan Mack said he worked very hard for Gomez, and was not disappointed by the outcome of the race. Mack said he was encouraged that a virtually unknown Republican candidate was able to come within ten points, especially in a Democratic state like Massachusetts.
During his concession speech, Gomez thanked his supporters and made reference to the struggle he was up against. "We went up against literally the whole national Democratic party, and its allies and the machine. But in the face of this great adversity, we could not have fought a better fight."
Mack and other volunteers said they don't believe this is the last time Gomez will run for office, and hope to see him again when the Senate seat he was running for is up for grabs in 17 months.
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