BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is edging out U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in the race to stockpile campaign funds ahead of the state’s Sept. 1 Democratic primary for a Senate seat.
As of the end of March, Kennedy reported more than $6.2 million in cash on hand in his campaign account, compared to $4.4 million in cash on hand in Markey’s account.
The coronavirus has radically altered the way the candidates have campaigned with Kennedy and Markey relying on virtual town halls and online appeals.
The race pits two well-known Democratic politicians against each other, with Kennedy hoping to unseat the incumbent Markey.
Markey, 73, has served in Congress for decades — first in the House and later in the Senate. The 39-year-old Kennedy, who currently represents the state’s 4th Congressional District, is a member of the state’s most storied political family.
Kennedy is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, who was attorney general in his brother John F. Kennedy’s White House before being elected senator.
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