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Markey or Lynch: Who Would You Vote for Today?

Democratic congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch will face off in a primary on April 30 in the race to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by new Secretary of State John Kerry.

We have a race.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch became the second candidate to officially enter the race to fill the Senate seat vacated by new Secretary of State John Kerry, following his fellow Democratic Congressman Ed Markey.

Lynch and Markey will now face off in a primary set for April 30 for the right to represent the Democratic Party in the special election on June 25 against a still unknown Republican opponent, as no GOP candidate has officially entered the race yet. Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown fired an early salvo against Markey, but said on Friday that he would not run for Senate.

There are differences between Lynch and Markey, despite being members of the same party. Lynch voted against Obamacare, officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while Markey voted for the bill.

Lynch also has an anti-abortion stance, although it's not absolute—Planned Parenthood currently gives him a score of 83 percent to Markey's 100 percent. The National Right to Life Committee, meanwhile, gave Lynch a score of 10 percent during the last Congressional session, while Markey received a zero.

The most recent National Journal rankings from 2011 give Markey a liberal score of 89.2, making him the 41st most liberal member of the House, while Lynch received a liberal score of 72.8, ranking him the 123rd most liberal member of the House.

Lynch also touts his union support as a former ironworker who then graduated from law school and later won his current congressional seat in 2001, while Markey, also a lawyer by trade, was first elected to Congress in 1976.

Another potential factor is the state's unenrolled voters, who can choose to cast a ballot in one party's primary. Over half of Bay State voters are registered as unenrolled, which would allow unenrolled voters who lean right to vote in the Democratic primary for Lynch—or against Markey—if they decide to show up at the polls. During the special Senate election in 2010 between Brown and state Attorney General Martha Coakley, during the height of the Obamacare debate, 54 percent of registered Massachusetts voters turned out.

Who would you vote for if the primary were held today: Lynch or Markey? Are you an unenrolled voter and, if so, do you plan to vote in the Democratic primary on April 30? Tell us your plans to vote in the comments below.

Mark orroa February 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM
LGBT Issues? REALLY That is the reason to vote for someone. WOW, talk about low info voters. The made up gay issues and war on women is at the BOTTOM of the issues you need to be concerned with in this country at this time. The only reason all the gay groups are under 1 umbrella is because they get that 3% voting block. individually they are less then 1% each. Would you be concrened with other issues of 1-3% of the population while the country is collapsing? Look, I really dont care who is gay or not but i am sick and tired of the people who believe I must CELEBRATE their gayness.
ann February 04, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Lynch is Democrat in name only. Not wild about Markey but would NOT vote for Lynch
Matthew February 04, 2013 at 07:05 PM
You must be playing at a caricature of the typical American right winger. As if gay mobs are kicking down your door and forcing you to "celebrate their gayness". And contrary to what you say, those issues are important. All Americans should be afforded the same rights. No matter their race, creed, or sexual orientation. But, given your comments on another story regarding who should be targeted for searches on the T, I suspect you're a bit intolerant.
Matthew February 04, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Right, we need more climate change deniers and union busters. F--- the environment and f--- the working class of America! Yeah! Go Repuplicans!
Joe curnanej February 05, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I think the us senate needs a member who wore work boots for 18 years. Steve Lynch

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