NORFOLK, Mass. (AP) — Norfolk Town Clerk Shawn Dooley has won a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives.

The Republican easily defeated Democrat Ed McCormick of Norfolk and independent Chris Timson of Walpole in Tuesday's special election.

Dooley takes the seat formerly held by Republican Daniel Winslow, who resigned in September to join a private law firm.

Winslow, a former judge, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate last year.

The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro reported that bitterly cold weather helped keep turnout low in the 9th Norfolk district election. The seat has been in Republican hands for a number of years and was once held by former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.