The old-timer reinvents himself and beats a Kennedy…..
In Massachusetts better yet….
The past is gone….
Progressives get another notch….
Nancy Pelosi gets one her rare loses….
Oh?….And the polls got this one right…..
(They started strong Kennedy and showed how he lost his lead)
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.
His primary win paves the way for his expected reelection in November.
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.
The senator’s campaign slogan read, “It’s not your age — it’s the age of your ideas that’s important.”
The incumbent senator also boasted support from prominent progressive groups such as the Sunrise Movement and Our Revolution as well as left-wing congressional candidates Jamaal Bowman and Cori Bush.
Kennedy, 39, criticized Markey for not being present enough in Massachusetts during his tenure in the Senate, arguing that new blood was needed in the upper chamber.
Kennedy started out with a double-digit lead in the polls when he announced he was challenging Markey last year. However, despite the public backing of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and other high-profile members of the House, his lead evaporated in the final weeks of the campaign, with the RealClearPolitics polling average showing Markey with an 11.2-point lead.
The election marks the first time a member of the Kennedy political dynasty has lost a statewide election in Massachusetts….
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