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Bielat, Kennedy to vie for open House seat

Neal, Keating also defeat congressional challengers

NEWTON — Moments after winning a Republican primary on Thursday, congressional candidate Sean Bielat made clear that his campaign intends to cast his general election opponent, Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III, as an unqualified upstart aiming to coast to Congress on the value of his family name.

“What we do have is a deep belief that, in this country, being born isn’t enough to succeed,” Bielat, a 37-year-old officer in the Marine Corps Reserve, told about 100 supporters at the Crowne Plaza hotel. “It should take hard work. It should take effort. It should take merit.”

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