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BOSTON (AP) — Drawing on the political might of the White House, Democrats have exorcized the ghost of Scott Brown.
Three years after the little-known Republican state senator shocked the political world, veteran Democratic Congressman Ed Markey won the U.S. Senate special election to replace John Kerry on Tuesday. He defeated Republican political newcomer Gabriel Gomez 55 percent to 45 percent.
It was a resounding victory in a low-turnout election for a national Democratic Party still haunted by Brown's 2010 special election victory.
The White House, led by President Barack Obama himself, invested heavily in the Massachusetts election. Tuesday's contest served as a reminder that Obama has vowed to play a more aggressive political role for his party through next year's mid-term elections with huge stakes for his legacy and final-term agenda.