Politicians react to Ed Markey’s Senate primary victory over Joe Kennedy

Politicians across the state are weighing in on Sen. Ed Markey’s victory over challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III in the Massachusetts primary election.

The Democratic primary marks the first time a Kennedy has lost a run for federal office in Massachusetts, with the 74-year-old incumbent from Malden holding on to his seat in the Senate for now with about 55.5 percent of the vote, with more than 93 percent of precincts reporting.

In his victory speech, Markey credited the support he received from young people, while Kennedy, in his concession speech, pledged his support to the senator in the general election. In November, Markey will face Republican challenger Kevin J. O’Connor.

“The senator is a good man,” Kennedy told his supporters. “You have never heard me say otherwise. It was difficult at times between us. Good elections often get heated. But I’m grateful for the debate, for his commitment to our commonwealth, and for the energy and enthusiasm that he brought to this race.”

Both men received praise and words of encouragement from local colleagues as news of the results broke, regardless of the endorsements that were handed out before the polls opened Tuesday.

“You ran a strong campaign that inspired many, @JoeKennedy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who backed Markey in the race but taught the 39-year-old at Harvard, said on Twitter. “I know your righteous fights are far from over.”

The reaction wasn’t just limited to locals. Politicians across the country, from New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker to President Donald Trump, commented on the results of the race.

Below, what members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation and other local elected officials had to say about the results of the hotly contested race.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Rep. Jim McGovern

Rep. Lori Trahan

Rep. Katherine Clark

Rep. Ayanna Pressley

Rep. Seth Moulton

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone

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