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Boston Globe – Primary looming, Senate candidates cross Commonwealth searching for votes

…Representative Edward J. Markey seemed to draw some of the day’s biggest crowds. As he walked into Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain, a frequent stop on the Democratic campaign circuit, the crowd broke into loud applause and cheers which morphed into chants of “Mar-key! Mar-key!”

Local Democratic elected officials, including Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, praised Markey for his progressive stances, before Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, took the microphone. She said he has been and would continue to be a champion for abortion rights and said there was a big difference between Markey and Lynch on the issue.

Standing in front of a framed likenesses of PresidentJohn F. Kennedy and his brothers Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy, Markey ticked through his stances on issues from health care to the environment to gay marriage.

Steve Glickel, 67, said he liked Lynch, liked his union background ,and thought he was a “good guy.” But, Glickel said, Markey was simply closer to where he stood on the issues.