Rep. Joe Kennedy concedes to Sen. Ed Markey in Democratic primary


This marks the first time a Kennedy has ever lost a congressional race in Massachusetts

BOSTON, Mass. (NewsNation) —  Rep. Joe Kennedy III conceded to incumbent Senator Ed Markey in the hotly contested Democratic Senate primary in Massachusetts.

This is the first time a Kennedy has ever lost a congressional race in Massachusetts.

Kennedy is reportedly scheduled to speak at his Watertown, Mass. headquarters at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi endorsed Kennedy in August.

“Obviously, these results were not the ones we were hoping for,” Kennedy said in a concession speech that included praise for Markey. “No matter the results tonight, I would do all of this again with you in a heartbeat.”

The victory comes on the heels of tough re-election campaign for Markey, who has spent the better half of a century representing Massachusetts in Congress.

Shortly after Kennedy conceded the race, New York U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an influential Democratic supporter of Markey, congratulated the incumbent on Twitter.

Markey has served in the Senate since 2013. He was previously a member of the House of Representatives representing Massachusetts 7th congressional district from 1976 to 2013.

Markey will go on to face the Republican nominee Kevin O’Connor in the general election on Nov. 3.

NewsNation affiliate WPRI contributed to this report.

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