Sen. Ed Markey; Rep. Joe Kennedy III. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images; Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for RFK Human Rights)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Congressman Joe Kennedy III has not officially thrown his hat into the race to unseat U.S Sen. Ed Markey, but if he were to, he’d have support.
A new poll from Suffolk University and The Boston Globe bodes well for the potential democratic challenger.
In a five-person field, Kennedy leads over Markey with 35 percent of likely democratic voters. Markey would have 26 percent of the vote, according to the poll.
“The introduction of Joe Kennedy certainly flips things on its head,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, said.
According to Paleologos, Kennedy’s advantage grows when it’s a head-to-head matchup.
“This is different. You have Markey now who’s trailing, and so he has to challenge undecided voters to think about why he should stay,” Paleologos said. “What’s the compelling reason that Ed Markey should stay?”
The poll found Kennedy beating Markey in every age group and across wide regions of the state.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports