Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary

Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOcasio-Cortez taps supporters for donations as former primary opponent pitches for Kennedy The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid MORE III (D-Mass.) will formally launch a primary challenge to Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySanders: 'Damn right we will' have a job for every American Democrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Ocasio-Cortez taps supporters for donations as former primary opponent pitches for Kennedy MORE (D-Mass.) on Saturday, a source confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.

The impending announcement had first been reported by The Boston Globe, which cited two sources close to Kennedy saying he would make his announcement at a breakfast with supporters and local community members.

Kennedy has already notified Markey of the primary challenge, one person told the Globe.

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Kennedy, 38, has been floated as a potential Senate candidate in recent weeks, setting up an intraparty generational clash with Markey, 73, a former longtime House member who is seeking a second term in the Senate after first assuming his seat in 2013.

The sitting senator's campaign has been boosted by endorsements from progressive lawmakers, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFive takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? Ocasio-Cortez to endorse Sanders for president MORE (D-N.Y.), with whom he has worked closely on the Green New Deal, progressives' proposal to combat climate change.

"Ed Markey is a proud and strong progressive champion for working families, not just in Massachusetts but across the country. And his leadership in authoring the Green New Deal, along with me, and carrying it in the United States Senate is emblematic of the kind of work that he does for working families across the country," Ocasio-Cortez said in a video endorsement.

Meanwhile, Kennedy — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy – has been encouraged to run by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

A recent survey from Suffolk University and The Boston Globe found Kennedy leading Markey by double digits in a theoretical head-to-head match-up.