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Markey wins reelection in Massachusetts

Markey wins reelection in Massachusetts

Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Mass.) has won reelection, breezing past a Republican challenger after surviving a competitive primary in September.

Markey is projected to have defeated Republican nominee Kevin O’Connor, an attorney, to clinch a second full term in the Senate. The incumbent was heavily favored to win reelection after fending off Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyConor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania Van Drew fends off challenge from Kennedy after party switch Markey wins reelection in Massachusetts MORE’s challenge for the Democratic nomination earlier this year.

Markey, 74, is the oldest and longest-serving member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. He was first elected to the House in 1972 and served there for roughly 40 years before winning a 2013 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden soars as leader of the free world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds MORE.

While Markey was largely overshadowed by fellow Bay State Democrats with higher political ambitions throughout his career, his decades of advocacy for tougher environmental rules and recent work with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-N.Y.) on the Green New Deal endeared him to the party’s progressive base.