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Markey, Lynch rivalry strains ties among Democrats

WASHINGTON — The gathering at Joey’s Bar & Grill in Worcester drew little public notice. Over bar snacks, Representative James McGovern introduced Representative Edward J. Markey to his top supporters — union chiefs, local Democratic activists, student leaders, and other Central Massachusetts players who could prove valuable in Markey’s bid for US Senate.

Not long after the February event, McGovern received a call from Markey’s rival in the Democratic primary, another colleague and ally in Congress, Representative Stephen Lynch.

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