Markey Wins Race Against Kennedy for Senate Seat

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EDITOR’S UPDATE: Incumbent Sen. Ed Markey was declared the winner over U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary race for a senate seat in Massachusetts. 

This story has been updated to include details, such as the candidates’ ages, and Markey’s involvement in telecommunications.


The Democratic primary race between Sen. Ed Markey and U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, showed Markey pulling away from his opponent and taking the lead in the race for the U.S. Senate seat — a six-year term that will be decided on Nov. 3.

State-wide results posted by WBUR Radio, showed that Markey had the lead on the night of Sept. 1. The final numbers were 765,094 (55.3%) votes for Markey, as compared Kennedy with 616,500 (44.6%) votes.

Sen. Ed Markey. COURTESY PHOTOIt was a race between an aging politician from Malden and a 39-year-old living in Newton and hailing from a revered family. Markey, 74, has served in the U.S. Senate since 2013. Before that he was a U.S. Representative for the 7th congressional district from 1976 to 2013. Kennedy has served as a U.S. Representative of the fourth congressional district since 2013.

Westford Voted in Favor of Markey

Markey also won the election in Westford where he got 3,330 votes to Kennedy’s 2,128 votes, according to Town Clerk Patty Dubey, who released preliminary results on Tuesday night.

Markey has been an champion for telecommunications and co-authored the Cable Act of 1992, which requires “cable and satellite TV providers to disclose an all-in price to consumers, including fees and taxes, before consumers sign up for a service,” according to his website.

He has been married to Susan Blumenthal since 2013.

Kennedy lives with his two children and wife,  Lauren Anne Birchfield. Since 2,013, he has represented the 4th congressional district.

Other Elections

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan ran unopposed and took home 4,834 votes in Westford. This would be her second term in office.

State Sen. Edward J. Kennedy of Lowell (no relation to Joseph Kennedy) ran unopposed for senator in the 1st General Court district and got 4,576 votes in Westford.

State Rep. James Arciero ran unopposed and won 4,762 votes in Westford.

All are Westford Democrats.