Islanders trickled to the polls Tuesday and chose Markey, Gomez

Islanders trickled to the polls Tuesday and chose Markey, Gomez

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Former West Tisbury selectman and Dukes County commissioner John Alley fed his ballot into the electronic counter as constable Tim Barnett looked on at the West Tisbury polls Tuesday. — Photo by Susan Safford

Aquinnah Chilmark Edgartown Oak Bluffs Tisbury West Tisbury Island Total State Total

U.S. Senator

Democratic Party

Stephen F. Lynch

9

31

75

100

120

57

392

229,973 (43%)

Edward J. Markey

63

169

274

320

384

340

1,550

309,854 (57%)

Republican Party

Gabriel E. Gomez

2

28

88

59

77

41

295

96,276 (51%)

Michael J. Sullivan

0

22

34

44

46

30

176

67,918 (36%)

Daniel B. Winslow

0

3

12

8

9

2

34

24,630 (13%)

Massachusetts voters selected Democrat Edward J. Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez Tuesday, in a special primary election, setting the stage for a special election on June 25 to fill the United States Senate seat left vacant when John Kerry resigned to become Secretary of State. Voter turnout was slight on the Vineyard and across the state.

For Democrats, in the race between incumbent representatives Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch, Island voters chose the better-funded Mr. Markey.

Republicans faced a three-way race among Michael J. Sullivan, a former United States attorney and West Tisbury seasonal resident, state Representative Daniel B. Winslow, and Gabriel E. Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL. Mr. Gomez won easily.

Results by Island town are included in the associated chart.

Light turnout

Turnout was mostly light across the Island and strongly favored Democratic candidate Edward Markey. The race was tighter across the rest of Massachusetts, where Stephen Lynch made a stronger showing.

For the most part, the Island’s Republican vote mirrored that of the rest of the state.

In Edgartown, 483 voters went to the polls, or 15.1 percent of the town’s 3,193 registered voters.

The turnout was identical in Oak Bluffs, where 534 voters or 15.1 percent of the town’s 3,538 registered voters attended to their civic duty.

About 20 percent, or 470, of West Tisbury’s 2,434 voters went to the polls. Mr. Sullivan’s familiarity as a seasonal resident did not translate into votes. He finished second to Mr. Gomez.

In Chilmark, 255 of the town’s 912 registered voters, or 30 percent, went to the polls. The state primary coincided with the town election, likely driving up turnout.

In Tisbury, which also held a town election, the turnout was 644 of the town’s 3,149 registered voters, or 20 percent. The split was 510 Democrats and 134 Republicans.

In Aquinnah, 74 of the town’s 378 registered voters turned out at the polls in the Island’s smallest town. They barely glanced at the Republican ballot. Only two votes on Republican ballots were cast, both for Mr. Gomez.