He is the first Kennedy to lose a race for Congress in Massachusetts.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III suffered a painful loss to incumbent Senator Ed Markey in the Democratic primary on Tuesday.
Markey, 74, with a four-decade career in Congress, opened with a big lead among early returnees. By 10 p.m., according to Politico, he had received 55 percent of the vote for Kennedy’s 45 percent.
The 39-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy promised a new generation of executives who, after decades in Congress, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate, occupied Markey as non-contact from 2013.
Kennedy beat Markey on the issue of racial inequality, highlighting the famous political heritage of his own family.
His great-uncle, Ted Kennedy, held a Senate seat in Massachusetts for nearly half a century until he died in 2009.
However, aside from being a member of the Camelot family, it was never entirely clear why Kennedy chose Markey, who came out on top in a number of recent polls.
The Senator portrayed Kennedy as “progressive on name only”
In a campaign video, Markey rewrote a famous quote from John F. Kennedy and said, “We asked what we could do for our country. We went out, we made it. With all due respect, it is time to ask what your country can do for you. “
The race also served as a sort of alternate between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who supported Kennedy, and Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Markey.
AOC called Markey’s victory “a victory for the progressive movement, for 21st century politics and for the Green New Deal”.
In the general election, Markey will face attorney Kevin O’Connor, who defeated Republican Shiva Ayyadurai in the GOP Senate primary on Tuesday.
Markey is considered a strong favorite in a traditionally blue condition.