Analysis from MA: Kennedy couldn't compete against incumbent

Thursday, September 3, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Markey vs KennedyA Massachusetts-based, pro-family activist says he was not surprised a Kennedy politician lost in Tuesday night's Democratic senate primary. 

U.S. Senator Edward Markey was challenged by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in the primary and won 54-46 percent over his well-known opponent.

It marked the first time a Kennedy has lost a Capitol Hill race in Massachusetts.

There was an interesting dichotomy. The 74-year-old Markey was endorsed by far-left congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the 39-year-old Kennedy was supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

Camenker

Brian Camenker, president of MassResistance, says his view of the race differs from the media’s summation that Kennedy was the “establishment candidate” while the elder Markey, who backs the Green New Deal, was the “far left” candidate backed by Ocasio-Cortez.

Actually, Camenker says, it was more simple than that: Sen. Markey ran a better re-election campaign.

“When Kennedy decided to challenge Markey, everybody assumed that Kennedy was going to beat him,” Camenker explains. “But what happened is Markey ran an unbelievably good race and Kennedy ran a bad race."

Despite his name recognition, Rep. Kennedy started the campaign far behind in poll numbers and never caught up, Politico reported after the primary.

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