Ten-term male Democrat falls to progressive black woman in MA primary

Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images FILE

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images FILE

Ayanna Pressley beat the incumbent, Michael Capuano, to stand in November's midterm election for a safe House seat where no Republican candidate is being put forward.

Capuano and Pressley also disagreed on protecting police.

Pressley is poised to become the state's first black woman in Congress.

If recent upset victories for left-wing candidates in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and now MA are any evidence, this movement to oust the old guard of the Democratic Party and usher in young, ambitious progressives willing to challenge the traditional boundaries of American politics is rapidly gaining steam. From Andrew Gillum in Florida to Beto O'Rourke in Texas, the results suggest a shift towards a bolder, progressive agenda in stark contrast - and a reaction to - the managerialism of Hillary Clinton's last campaign. "She will serve the district well in Congress". They moved to Brooklyn, and Pressley attended Boston University from 1992 to 1994, but left school to work full time at a hotel to support her mother. John Kerry and interned for former Sen. It's important to keep a leader, a fighter, and warrior like Mike Capuano around. She ran on a platform of abolishing ICE-that's the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency-and speaking for prisoners behind bars.

Capuano, who is now the fourth incumbent to lose a primary this year, conceded the race shortly before it was officially called by the Associated Press.

In the end, Pressley will win #MA07 by 18 points.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Pressley on her landslide victory and declared, "Let's push together to make Medicare for All, tuition free college, and living wages a reality in America-all without corporate PAC money".

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Temperatures in the Boston area have been in the 80s and 90s in recent days.

Pressley also won the district's parts of Cambridge and Milton.

Both he and Ms Pressley are seen as progressives - but she advocated for a more "activist" style of leadership.

During the campaign, Capuano touted his credentials as an "unabashed liberal", but he found himself competing with Pressley over who was the more progressive candidate.

Her total in Boston was just 1,800 fewer votes than Capuano received throughout the whole 7th district.

"I have been really furious about the constant charges being lobbed against me about identity politics that, by the way, are only lobbed against women and candidates of color", she said in one debate.

Ayanna Pressley's reaction to her historic upset victory in a Democratic primary for a Massachusetts House seat quickly went viral on Tuesday.

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