Markey - Neal Fend Off Challenges To Their Campaigns

Senator Ed Markey has held off a Democratic primary challenge from Congressman Joe Kennedy. Markey received a call from Kennedy conceding the race at around ten p.m. yesterday. The closely watched race had been considered neck and neck until the last week, when Markey was shown with double digit leads in multiple polls. Markey has never lost an election, while this was the first time a Kennedy has ever lost a race in Massachusetts.

Longtime Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal is keeping his seat. Neal held off a Democratic primary challenge from Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse on Tuesday, with no looming Republican challenger. The race was marked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Morse, who accused Neal's campaign of being involved in making the allegations public. Neal and his campaign denied that.

Kevin O'Connor has won the Massachusetts Republican primary for U.S. Senate. O'Connor easily defeated Shiva Ayyadurai to win the party nomination. O'Connor is a longtime Massachusetts attorney who is running on the platform of bringing change to Washington. He will face off against incumbent Ed Markey in the general election in November.

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