Unofficial returns showed Gomez defeating former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow.
In the June 25 special election, Gomez will face the winner of the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey.
Gomez is a newcomer to politics. He’s the son of Colombian immigrants and learned English in kindergarten. He became a Navy pilot and SEAL, earned an MBA at Harvard and launched a private equity career.
Kerry resigned from the Senate to become U.S. secretary of state.
The special election will be the state’s second for the U.S. Senate in four years. Turnout was light for the primary, which was overshadowed by the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
Even before the April 15 bombing, the campaign had failed to capture the attention of voters compared with the 2010 special election following the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown won the seat, surprising Democrats, but was ousted last year in another high-profile race by Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren "
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Markey, 66, won the early backing of Kerry and much of the state's Democratic Gomez, a 47-year-old businessman and former Navy SEAL,Read more