Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

05 September, 2018, 13:07 | Author: Lora Ball
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"In another major win for candidates of color, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley has won the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts' Seventh Congressional District".

Pressley easily bested Capuano, who conceded not long after polls closed Tuesday evening.

Pressley will become the first black member of the House from MA, as there are no Republicans running in this district in the general election.

Pressley's win echoes the June primary in a safely Democratic New York City congressional district where first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a 10-term incumbent, sparking enthusiasm for progressive candidates across the United States.

Keating will take on Republican Peter Tedeschi in November. 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. And while national progressives including Ocasio-Cortez rallied to her side, she had some strong local institutional support as well, including an endorsement from the Boston Globe.

Another 10-term incumbent went down to defeat in a Democratic primary Tuesday night.

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A survivor of sexual assault at Boston University and during her childhood, Pressley has been a vocal supporter of victims of sexual violence since long before the #MeToo movement.

In a video clip of the moment, her family and staff can be heard shrieking and crying in the background as Pressley begins to hug those around her. She and Ocasio-Cortez both defeated older, white congressmen who were reliable liberal votes, but who didn't look like many voters in their districts. "I voted for Pressley because she has and will challenge polices", she said.

Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighbourhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways".

It's also a sign that issues of representation rather than ideology are motivating voters in Democratic primaries.

"The district wanted a lot of change", Capuano said as he conceded.

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