Big Freddy was folding his newspaper as I joined him for our weekly head-to-head, and I said, “Well, you were right on, with your pick of Markey to win.”
“On — but not right on,” Freddy said. “It’s not so much about him winning. I had him winning by more than he did.
“Well, a win’s a win,” I said.
“But this one involves more about why than what,” Freddy said. “It was tighter than I thought it would be, but it’s more about where the wins came from for both of them.”
“Because the Republicans picked a political beginner as a candidate?” I asked.
“They didn’t pick him — he beat the other wannabees,” Freddy said. “The question is why he beat them, and the answer is he was a fresh face with a lot of his own money who had enough of what it took to get Republicans and the unaligned to make a case against Markey.
“And when you get to look at what happened on election day, Gomez may have lost the election, but he won more of the cities and towns than Markey did.”
“That happened in our local area,” I said. “Markey carried Newburyport, but Gomez carried Amesbury by a whisker and won the other towns — not by much in some, but carried them all.”
“Same thing statewide,” Freddy said. “You can look it up. Markey won 153 municipalities, but Gomez won 196.”
“But it was big cities against smaller ones,” I said.
“Of course,” Freddy said. “But not just the big ones. Those with colleges and universities occupied by voters from all over went for Markey.
“Boston was huge because he wins three out of every four votes there.
“Statewide, he wins nine of the state’s biggest cities, overall with something like 118,000 votes.