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Leaders in party support Markey

Top members of the Democratic establishment on Friday threw their weight behind the Senate candidacy of US Representative Edward Markey in what appeared to be a coordinated effort by party leaders to close ranks behind the congressman and avoid a divisive primary.

Senator John Kerry, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of state, along with Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee all issued statements of support for Markey.

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