Kennedy Officially Challenging Markey, Little Sunlight Between Their Politics

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) takes the stage at an event in Lawrence, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
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September 21, 2019 3:15 p.m.

Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) has made good on his plan to primary Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) in 2020, a matchup where the age gap is the biggest difference between the two.

Markey is 73 and Kennedy 38, but little else separates the politicians. They are both dependable progressives, have a deep bench of Capitol Hill supporters and are well-liked in their state.

Kennedy, likely bolstered by his famous surname, leapt to an immediate 14-point lead in a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll.

On the other hand, Markey has scooped up endorsements from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

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