The Kennedy family’s perfect record in the Massachusetts election ended Tuesday when Congressman Joe Kennedy III conceded incumbent Senator Ed Markey in the Democratic Senate primary. Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson took the stage at his campaign headquarters in Watertown shortly after 10 p.m. to address the press and thank the campaign staff.
“I called Senator Markey to congratulate him and to pledge my support for him and his campaign over the coming months,” said Kennedy. “The senator is a good man. You have never heard me say anything else. It is difficult between us at times. Good elections can be heated, but I am grateful for the debate.”
The primary battle between Kennedy and the incumbent Senator has become controversial in recent months as the two attempted to split despite little differentiation in politics. Markey invoked the family name Kennedy in campaign speeches through Tuesday.
On Monday night, Markey said to the followers, “I think it is right at this point to ask what your country can do for you.” He played the famous inaugural address by John F. Kennedy, in which he said, “Don’t ask what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
In his concession speech on Tuesday, Kennedy thanked his entire family.
“For my family, the Kennedy family, whose name has been called far more than I expected in this race, for my mother, my father, my twin brother and the rest of a number of crazy cousins - you are all my heroes. ” he said. “They are my role models. They are my examples of what public service should and can be if it is done with courage and energy. Thank you for teaching me everything I know.”
According to Massachusetts law, a candidate cannot run for both the House of Representatives and the Senate at the same time, so Kennedy won’t be returning to Congress in January and his future political career has been unclear.
Markey, who hasn’t lost an election in 47 years, will face Republican Kevin O’Connor in November but is unlikely to have a problem as the race is considered a safe Democratic seat.
Just a year ago, Markey faced two challengers and was in double digits in the polls against Congressman Kennedy, who at the time had not even officially entered the race. Markey made the race competitive by focusing on his progressive agenda and co-authorship of the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez’s support has energized many young voters.
Abigail Mack, 17, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, told CBS News that she would vote for Markey in the general election because of his progressive proposals.
“I think Joe Kennedy – the fact that Ed Markey was the person he challenged turned me away from him because the purpose of trying to challenge an incumbent who is a progressive type of defeat is to recruit someone win, “said Mack. “Like when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ran against Joe Crowley, it was a race that had to take place to make someone more progressive in a seat that was only held by a sitting duck.”
Daniela Finlay, a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, told CBS News that she supported Markey “because he fought for our future before my life and I don’t support Joe Kennedy because I don’t think now.” It is time to highlight the author of the Green New Deal. ”
At recent campaign events, Kennedy was frustrated with questions about why he was running now – a question he was regularly confronted with. In his blunt speech, he mentioned that he was not asked this question when he attended church in Massachusetts.
Kennedy, who was on the polls below, spent Tuesday making 10 different stops in the Commonwealth and hitting places like Boston, Fall River and Worcester to encourage people to vote on election day.
“We know our voters are more likely to vote on election day,” Kennedy’s campaign manager Nick Clemons told CBS News over the weekend. “They’re not early voters, they don’t vote by mail, so we’re pushing our coalition out the door.”
After completing the survey, Kennedy didn’t gain enough head start in places like Worcester and Lowell to beat Markey’s strong performance in university cities like Cambridge or in the suburbs of Boston.
In his remarks to campaign staff, Kennedy said Tuesday’s results obviously weren’t what he’d hoped for, but he was proud to have a team that he said would be the future of the Democratic Party .
His last thank you went to his two young children, Ellie and James, who are four and two years old.
“For Ellie and James, who probably won’t see this until tomorrow and won’t understand for a long time, if there’s a message from your father tonight, always spend your life in the ring,” said Kennedy. “It’s worth the fight.”