BOSTON (AP) — A debate has been scheduled in the state's U.S. Senate race pitting Democratic incumbent Sen. Edward Markey against Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor.

GBH News will host the debate at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at the station's studio in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston following social distancing guidelines.

O'Connor faces a daunting challenge in a state that leans heavily Democratic. There are currently no Republican members of the state's congressional delegation.

The 74-year-old Markey defeated his 39-year-old challenger U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in a hard-fought Democratic primary, harnessing support from progressive leaders to overcome a challenge from a younger rival and member of America's most famous political family.

Markey has served for decades in Congress, first in the House and later in the Senate.

O'Connor defeated fellow Republican Shiva Ayyadurai in the Massachusetts GOP Senate primary. O'Connor, a lawyer, pitched himself as a candidate who can help clean house in Washington.

If elected, the father of four said he would be a champion for education and stand up to "the deficit spenders in both parties," promote affordable health care and a sustainable environment, and support a peace through strength foreign policy.

The election is Nov. 3, although voters will be able to cast ballots ahead of Election Day using mail-in ballots, early voting polling locations and drop boxes in many communities.

 

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