Kennedy leading Markey in possible Senate matchup: poll

Kennedy leading Markey in possible Senate matchup: poll

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Trump escalates fight over tax on tech giants Sanders's Massachusetts state director 'moves on' from campaign MORE III (D-Mass.), who is mulling a Senate bid, would lead Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyUS must act as journalists continue to be jailed in record numbers Warren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Mass.) in a hypothetical matchup, according to a new poll. 

The Suffolk University/Boston Globe survey found that when asked to choose among five potential candidates, 35 percent of likely 2020 Democratic primary voters said they favored Kennedy while 26 percent favor Markey. 

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Head-to-head, 42 percent said they would choose Kennedy, compared to Markey's 28 percent. 

About 36 percent of respondents said they would be undecided in the five-person race, while 29 percent said they would be undecided in the two-person contest, pollsters found. 

Both men were generally viewed positively by respondents: 59 percent said they viewed Markey as generally favorable and 73 percent felt the same way about Kennedy. 

Kennedy gained prominence when he delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address in 2018. He announced in a Facebook post last month that he was considering a Senate run and filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission allowing him to raise money for a Senate bid. 

Markey is up for reelection in 2020 and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) is also running for president. If Warren wins, her seat would also become open.