Joe Kennedy III wins Mass. congressional primary

Joe Kennedy III wins Mass. congressional primary

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 04: Massachusetts candidate for Congress Joe Kennedy III speaks on stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 9:13 PM

BOSTON (AP) -- Joseph Kennedy III, the first of his famous political family's generation to seek elective office, has defeated two little-known Democrats in his congressional primary in Massachusetts.

The 31-year-old Kennedy will face the winner of Thursday's GOP primary in the November election for the seat held by longtime liberal Democratic Rep. Barney Frank. He's retiring.

Kennedy is the son of Joseph P. Kennedy II, who represented the state's 8th Congressional District for six terms from 1987-1999, and the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

Thursday's victor is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He served in the Peace Corps, worked as a prosecutor in Massachusetts and in 2006 co-managed with his twin brother, Matt, the final campaign of their great-uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died of cancer in 2009.
 

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