Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley stunned observers by defeating long-serving Rep.

It was no sure thing that the story line leading progressive candidates of color to victory in New York City, Florida, Georgia and elsewhere would play out in MA, but voters backed Pressley and the idea that Democrats in Congress need new faces to deliver change.

In nearby Connecticut, Jahana Hayes is on track to become that state's first black woman to win a congressional seat if she prevails in November. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley, sending her media attention in the final leg of her campaign.

In a major upset, Representative Michael Capuano has conceded to Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts's 7th District.

Capuano is considered one of the most liberal members of the MA delegation, and Pressley had acknowledged she had few major policy quarrels with him.

"It seems like change is on the way", said Pressley to raucous applause at her election night party. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.

State lawmakers designated the district as the first majority-minority district in MA.

Pressley represents the latest underdog candidate to have emerged to challenge both establishment Democrats and Republicans.

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

Ms Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Ms Pressley on Twitter and said the two had bonded over having people doubt their capability and experience. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen.

Another veteran congressman, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, won a spirited primary showdown with Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a black attorney from Springfield who had hoped to become the first Muslim to serve in Congress from MA. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyPressley blasts Trump as "racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt" Ocasio-Cortez congratulates "sister in service" Pressley after Mass. primary win Capuano falls to Democratic challenger Pressley in Mass. primary MORE (N.Y.). Because of a Boston city election rule, Garrison's finish may be just enough to shimmy her way in to the council.

The contest heated up after the 34-year-old Zakim won the endorsement of activists gathered at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention, beating the 67-year-old incumbent first elected to the office in 1994.

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