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Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said she would support Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyWarren says she'll run for reelection to Senate Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker MORE III (D-Mass.) if he decided to run for U.S. senator.

Sinema said she is encouraging Kennedy to become a Senate candidate for the 2020 race. The moderate Democrat worked with Kennedy as a House representative. 

“Joe Kennedy is an outstanding champion for his state. I worked closely with him in the U.S. House where he has relentlessly tackled challenges facing America’s everyday families," Sinema said in a statement provided to The Hill. "He’s a fresh thinker who can bring people together to get things done. He will make a terrific U.S. Senator and I couldn’t be more proud to support my friend.”

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Politico was first to report the support.

If Kennedy, who is considering a Senate bid were to run, he'd go up against Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenators ask airlines to offer cash refunds for unused flight credits Civilian Climate Corps can help stem rural-urban divide Senate votes to nix Trump rule limiting methane regulation MORE (D-Mass.) in the primary.

A Suffolk University/Boston Globe survey found Kennedy leading Markey in a theoretical head-to-head.

Other Democratic lawmakers have indicated they would support Markey if pitted against Kennedy, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerHouse conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill There will be no new immigration law under Biden, unless he changes course This week: Congressional leaders to meet with Biden amid GOP reckoning MORE (D-N.Y.), Politico reported.