Opening Number: 14 Months

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After 37 years in the House of Representatives, Ed Markey is finally on his way to the upper chamber, winning yesterday’s special election over Gabriel Gomez by roughly 120,000 votes.

There won’t be much time for the dust to settle, though. Markey is taking over the tail end of former Senator John Kerry’s six-year term in the Senate, which means he will have to defend the seat in just 14 short months.