Markey defeats Kennedy III in Massachusetts’ Senate primary

(AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has defeated challenger U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in Tuesday’s Democratic Senate primary, setting the stage for another possible six-year term and marking the first time a Kennedy has lost a race for Congress in Massachusetts.

The win also denies a Senate seat to a member of the younger generation of the storied political family.

During the campaign, the 74-year-old Markey had positioned himself as a member of the liberal wing of the Democratic party. He teamed up with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal, at one point labeling the 39-year-old Kennedy as “progressive in name only.”

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