Ayanna Pressley upsets Michael Capuano in race for Congress

Ayanna Pressley upsets Michael Capuano in race for Congress

She joins a number of other black women who've won their primaries this year, including Stacey Abrams, who's running for governor in Georgia, Lauren Underwood, running for a congressional seat in IL, and Jahana Hayes, who's also running for a seat in Congress from CT.

The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign.

"The nature of the 44-year-old city councilor's [Pressley's] campaign - a woman of color taking on a white, male longtime congressman in a Democratic primary - drew immediate comparisons [to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign] Wednesday", he added.

Boston City Council member Ayana Pressley (D) has knocked off 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), the latest progressive insurgent to topple an establishment favorite in a primary this election cycle. He has been a reliable liberal vote in the House for almost 20 years, and is a longtime supporter of progressive policies such as Medicare for All.

Capuano conceded defeat to Pressley in the race to represent Massachusetts' 7th District approximately 90 minutes after the polls closed.

Pressley was backed by state Attorney General Maura Healey and was also endorsed by The Boston Globe, who called her "the future of the Democratic Party".

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Capuano told supporters "America is going to be OK" and said Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman.

Capuano was conceding shortly after 9 p.m. after it was clear he didn't have the votes to keep the seat he's held for two decades.

But both Pressley and Capuano admit there's likely no difference between them in terms of the way they'll vote in Congress, and moreover, neither one has expressed outright opposition against Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. The two women met at a fund-raising event in NY in June, and Pressley referred to Ocasio-Cortez as her "sister in change".

"Voters might be hesitant to move on from Capuano after his years of experience and the seniority he has accumulated in Congress", the Boston Globe editorial board wrote.

There is a changing of the guard in the 7th Congressional District, with shockwaves sure to reverberate throughout the Democratic Party. Pressley's positions are also very progressive.

There is no Republican on the ballot in this Democratic bastion - an urban district that encompasses Boston, Cambridge and surrounding suburbs, much of the area once represented by a young John F. Kennedy, and now often called the "Kennedy seat".

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