Nov. 9, 2020
Democrat Edward Markey defeated Kevin O’Connor to represent Massachusetts in the 2020 Senate race, according to the Associated Press.
The race was one of the first Congressional races called on Election Night, announcing Markey as the winner around 8 p.m. He tallied 66.5% of votes and has served the state since 2013.
Markey defeated Joe Kennedy III in the primary election for the Democratic nomination, which was the first time that a Massachusetts politician has defeated someone from the Kennedy family.
His opponent, O’Connor, had a surge of popularity when Republican Governor Charlie Baker officially endorsed him midway through October. But, it was not enough to secure the Congressional seat.
Markey co-sponsored the Green New Deal with (D) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and has been a progressive political figure for 44 years.