NEWTON — After a brief break from the stage, Camelot is back for another act.
Joseph P. Kennedy III won a decisive victory Tuesday over Republican Sean Bielat in the race to fill the open congressional seat left vacant by the retirement of US Representative Barney Frank.
With 90 percent of the vote counted, Kennedy, 32, the son of Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former US representative, and grandson of the late US senator Robert F. Kennedy, led with 61 percent of the vote in the redrawn Fourth Congressional District, which extends from Newton to Fall River.
As the race was called for the Democrat, cheers spread among supporters gathered at the Newton Marriott for a campaign party. When Mayor Setti Warren of Newton introduced Joseph Kennedy as the region’s next congressman, people exchanged high-fives and chanted, “Let’s go Joe.”
Kennedy’s win restores his family’s long connection to the nation’s capital, which dates to 1947, when 29-year-old John F. Kennedy became a Massachusetts congressman. For the next 64 years, at least one member of the Kennedy family served in the House, Senate, or White House. The family’s streak was broken in 2011, with the retirement of US Representative Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, son of Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Edward Kennedy died in office in 2009.
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