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By defeating Joe Kennedy, Ed Markey wins Massachusetts democratic primary

By Suvan Bose


Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts has beaten Representative Joe Kennedy in the state’s intensely contentious Democratic Senate primary, triumphing over the descendant of a political dynasty by stimulating the party’s progressive wing.

It’s a rejuvenating win for Markey, who is all but assured of a second full term in the November election in the steadily blue state. He followed Kennedy after the 39-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy proclaimed his challenge in the late of 2019; some had anticipated him to simply retire. But he campaigned vigorously as an unbiased insurgent, out-raised his opponent, and won loads of endorsements, along with outspoken progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The results make Kennedy, who followed in polls in the days topping up to the Bay State primary, the first member of his Influential family to fail a political race in Massachusetts. Polls displayed Kennedy had stronger support between minority and working-class voters but faced difficulties to win over wealthier, educated white voters and younger liberals.

The Senate contest separated Democratic leaders in Massachusetts and Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sponsored Kennedy, at the same time Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer supported Markey. Markey’s co-sponsorship of the Green New Deal among Representative Ocasio-Cortez was central to her choice to support him.

The drive-by Markey, 74, to run as an insurrectionary was an outstanding choice for a lawmaker who had served from 1976 to 2013 in the House earlier, he ran for the Senate seat abandoned by John Kerry when Kerry was established as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. Kennedy wasn’t even born during the time Markey first ran for Congress.

In his advertising, Kennedy blamed Markey for forgetting about the working-class residents of his home town of Malden and concentrating more on Washington than Massachusetts. One current spot displayed footage of late President John F. Kennedy and his grandfather, the former attorney general. He mentioned that he has the brawl for racial justice “in his blood.”

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