Massachusetts Leans Left in Markey/ Kennedy Race


Sen. Ed Markey beat back Rep. Joe Kennedy’s primary challenge in Massachusetts on Tuesday, striking a blow against the longtime Kennedy political dynasty and notching a significant victory for the Democratic Party’s left wing.

Voters renominated Markey, who has held a seat in Congress since the mid-1970s, over Kennedy, the 39-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, who attempted to take on a sitting senator rather than wait for a spot in the Democratic hierarchy to open up.

Kennedy called Markey to concede the race shortly before The Associated Press declared a winner, according to Kennedy campaign spokesperson Michael Cummings.With about three-quarters of the vote tallied late Tuesday night, Markey had 54 percent of the vote to Kennedy’s 46 percent.


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