Eyes of political world focused on historic Massachusetts Senate race

The eyes of the political world are focused on Massachusetts Tuesday, watching the Democratic primary

The eyes of the political world are focused on Massachusetts Tuesday, watching the Democratic primary for Senate between incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy.Kennedy handed out fist bumps to supporters and took photos with voters in Dorchester. He’s hoping voters will agree with him that Massachusetts needs a change.“I think we can be better. I think we can be bigger. I think we can be bolder, but I don’t think you’re going to do that with the same folks that have gotten us to this point — the same leadership for the past 50 years,” Kennedy said.“In my perspective, voters don’t have to choose. They can have experience and change in one candidate,” Markey said.Markey is hoping to ride a recent surge in the polls to victory and is not taking pre-election day momentum for granted.“This race is not over. This Game 7. It’s tied 3-3. We don’t know how this going to turn out today,” Markey said.While a record number of voters could head to the polls on primary day, another piece of history could be broken. A Kennedy has never lost an election in Massachusetts.“I hope it breaks a record. We want it to break a record. We want this to be the highest turnout in Massachusetts history because there’s a lot on the line,” Markey said.When asked if the Kennedy family streak will continue, Kennedy said, “I believe so, absolutely.”Polls in Massachusetts are open until 8 p.m.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

The eyes of the political world are focused on Massachusetts Tuesday, watching the Democratic primary for Senate between incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy.

Kennedy handed out fist bumps to supporters and took photos with voters in Dorchester. He’s hoping voters will agree with him that Massachusetts needs a change.

“I think we can be better. I think we can be bigger. I think we can be bolder, but I don’t think you’re going to do that with the same folks that have gotten us to this point — the same leadership for the past 50 years,” Kennedy said.

“In my perspective, voters don’t have to choose. They can have experience and change in one candidate,” Markey said.

Markey is hoping to ride a recent surge in the polls to victory and is not taking pre-election day momentum for granted.

“This race is not over. This Game 7. It’s tied 3-3. We don’t know how this going to turn out today,” Markey said.

While a record number of voters could head to the polls on primary day, another piece of history could be broken. A Kennedy has never lost an election in Massachusetts.

“I hope it breaks a record. We want it to break a record. We want this to be the highest turnout in Massachusetts history because there’s a lot on the line,” Markey said.

When asked if the Kennedy family streak will continue, Kennedy said, “I believe so, absolutely.”

Polls in Massachusetts are open until 8 p.m.

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