Ayanna Pressley wins Democratic primary- will become first Black congresswoman in MA

Ayanna Pressley wins Democratic primary- will become first Black congresswoman in MA

Ayanna Pressley wins Democratic primary- will become first Black congresswoman in MA

Stunning news out of the MA primary this evening, where 10-term incumbent House member Michael Capuano has been defeated for re-election by Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley.

"And there are a lot of people in this district who feel left out and left behind and ignored - and it's not just women, it's not just people of color", Pressley told CNN in a recent interview.

With no Republicans on the ticket in Tuesday's nominating primary, Ms Pressley is all but certain to succeed Mr Capuano in Washington in November's congressional elections. "While our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy bankrupt man, the conditions which have made the 7th district one of the of most unequal in America was cemented through policies long before he ever descended the escalator at Trump Tower", Pressley declared in her victory speech, The Guardian reported.

Joe Crowley lost to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in June.

Ideologically, Pressley's positions differed little from her rival.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) leaves the polling station after voting in the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Mass., on Tuesday. "America is going to be OK", Capuano said, adding, "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and MA will be well served".

Pressley, the first black woman to serve on the council, is now on track to represent an area of MA once served by Democratic icons Tip O'Neill and John F. Kennedy. She'll face Geoff Diehl, a state representative who served as co-chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign in the state and defeated two other Republicans for his party's nomination.

Speaking to the New York Times Tuesday night, Boston-based Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh argued that Pressley's victory is "a big wake-up call to any incumbent on the ballot in November".

Dorchester resident Carla Monteiro, 35, voted for Pressley because, she said, she felt a strong connection to her history, and felt Pressley had a record of making change. Just a third of the population is white, with black, Hispanic and Asians constituting most of the other two-thirds.

In the secretary of state race, we saw another challenge to the establishment in a sometimes-fiery contest between longtime incumbent Bill Galvin and energetic challenger Josh Zakim. The parts of the city in the congressional district supported her with 64 percent of the vote to Capuano's 36 percent. "It's not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power but it matters who those Democrats are".

Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District.

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