Markey, who first came to the Senate after winning a
The primary between Markey and Kennedy has reflected some of the ideological and generational divides in Democratic politics, as Markey has received endorsements from high-profile members of the progressive wing of the party and Kennedy has support from a number of moderate and establishment figures, though Markey is also supported by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and has the backing of the party’s Senate campaign committee.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who worked with Markey as leading sponsors of the Green New Deal, has endorsed Markey, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ro Khanna. Kennedy, meanwhile, has been endorsed by Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Joaquin Castro, and a number of his former House colleagues; he was also endorsed by Rep. Mark Pocan, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary is set to take place on September 1.
Markey’s campaign manager John Walsh said in a statement, “The second quarter of fundraising was our strongest yet.”
“These fundraising totals are indicative of the momentum of this campaign, which is witnessing a surge of enthusiasm,” Walsh said. “Our supporters are organized, they are activated, and they know that we need to send Ed Markey back to the United States Senate.”
Emily Kaufman, spokeswoman for the Kennedy campaign, said in a statement, “Joe is incredibly proud of the support he is receiving from voters across the state who are ready for change — and for a Senator who shows up for Massachusetts.”
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include that Markey has the support of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as statements from both campaigns.