Political Headlines - June 26, 2013

  • Edward Markey keeps party's hold on Senate seat: Democrat Edward J. Markey cruised to victory Tuesday over Republican newcomer Gabriel E. Gomez in the US Senate special election. Michael Levenson and Frank Phillips report on the results of the election.    



  • Supreme Court voids vital part of '65 Voting Act: The Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that is intended to guard against discrimination at the ballot box, raising concerns among civil rights activists. Tracy Jan details the court's decision. 


  • Edward Markey unlikely to become a celebrity-senator: Even Markey's comfortable victory margin over Gabriel E. Gomez will not fashion him a celebrity senator, in the mold of first Scott Brown and then Elizabeth Warren, who came to Washington with national profiles. Jim O'Sullivan analyzes the election.   


Turnout even lower than anticipated for Senate election: Whether it was election fatigue or the scorching temperatures, voters lived up to predictions Tuesday, turning out in extremely low numbers for the US Senate special election. Wesley Lowery reports on the turnout.