Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary

Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill How campaigns are adapting to coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Three states holding primaries despite coronavirus MORE III (D-Mass.) will formally launch a primary challenge to Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Overnight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal 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-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response 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.