Sen. Ed Markey (D) defeated Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D) in the Massachusetts Senate primary on Tuesday, overcoming a high-profile challenge that drew the attention of the national media as well as some of the biggest players in Democratic politics.
With 44 percent of precincts reporting, at the time of this writing, it was clear that Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) had quashed Kennedy’s primary challenge for this U.S. Senate seat, and Kennedy conceded to Markey. Markey’s victory all but secures a second term for the 74-year old incumbent in November’s general election
The 74-year-old Markey campaigned heavily on his progressive record, particularly regarding environmental issues, citing his co-authorship of the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who endorsed him over Kennedy.
In a sign of how completely the race scrambled Democratic fault lines, some of Kennedy’s top endorsements came from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI); Markey’s, meanwhile, came from Ocasio-Cortez and former Vice President Al Gore.
This is a very strange and really unpredictable outcome of this race, as this is the first time, his storied political family has never done before, lost an election to represent the commonwealth of Massachusetts.