Joseph Kennedy III, 39, had been the big favorite to win the Democratic primary nomination, but his loss to incumbent President Edward Markey marks the first time a Kennedy family member has lost a congressional vote in the ‘State.
Mr Markey, 74, will run for another six-year term on November 3 – where he is a favorite against the Republican main winner, Kevin O’Connor.
His victory is a victory for the most progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Mr. Kennedy is currently serving his fourth term in Congress.
After announcing that he would run for Senate seat in September 2019, he received support from the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
He also delivered the Democratic response to the president Donald TrumpState of the Union speech in 2018.
But his own profile and his family’s legacy were not enough against Mr Markey, a seasoned politician who had teamed up with New York MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, sponsoring the Green New Deal initiative on climate change. in Congress.
Mr. Kennedy called the “progressive in name only” during the race.
At a celebration in his hometown of Malden, Massachusetts, Mr Markey ticked off a number of his priorities, including supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, a call for Medicare for All, and tackling climate change. – one of its biggest problems.
Speaking on climate change, Mr Markey said: “No solution to any challenge will be successful if we don’t. There will be no peace, no justice and no prosperity unless we stop the march towards climate destruction. We must pass a Green New Deal. ”
He called Mr. Trump “the most corrupt, most racist and incompetent president in American history. We must banish his program of division and destruction from the history books ”.
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Despite his defeat, Mr Kennedy said he would work for Mr Markey’s re-election in the November ballot, saying “the senator is a good man. You have never heard me say otherwise ”.
He added: “We may have lost the final vote count tonight, but we have built a coalition that will last,” suggesting that the partisan movement his campaign was mustering would continue.
In the last few weeks of the campaign, Mr. Kennedy has used his family’s political legacy: he is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, the assassinated presidential hopeful and the grandnephew of JFK. Edward Kennedy was a senator from Massachusetts for almost half a century until his death in 2009.
Mr Markey also drew on his family history: he grew up in the working-class town of Malden with a father who drove a truck for the Hood Milk company.