Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Ayanna Pressley defeats Rep. Mike Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic primary

Ayanna Pressley defeats Rep. Mike Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic primary

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, who district included Randolph and part of Milton, was dealt a stunning defeat by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who campaign had drawn national attention.

In a concession speech on Tuesday night, he said: "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman".

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. Capuano has been an established progressive Democrat, supporting issues like single-payer healthcare.

Another major upset of a Democratic congressman took place in MA on Tuesday night.

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

Pressley's message wasn't just one for the Republican Party, whose leadership structure is largely older, whiter and more male than the electorate.

With 46 percent of precincts reporting, Pressley led the 10-term incumbent 55 percent to 45 percent when The Associated Press called the race for Massachusetts' 7th District. Pressley was endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez, and has been profiled in several news outlets.

Pressley and other insurgents have drawn the attention of new voters whose support Democrats will need again, said María Urbina, national political director of Indivisible, a nationwide network that formed past year to resist Trump.

"Our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man", Pressley told supporters on Tuesday night. Additionally, Pressley entered her race with political experience, working 16 years as a congressional aide and serving nine years as a Boston city councilor.

Pressley has been open about her background-her father was incarcerated for most of her youth and she is a survivor of sexual assault.

The 44-year-old's upset over a 10-term incumbent congressman underscores the shift underway in a Democratic Party whose base is seeking younger, more diverse candidates who embrace liberal policies. REUTERS/Brian SnyderA sample ballot, including the Republican race for Governor between incumbent Charlie Baker and challenger Scott Lively, is posted outside a polling station on the day of the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

"I knew I would be demonized as entitled and what no woman would can ever be," But change can win", she said to loud cheers.

The votes decided who advances to the November general election to run for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and other offices.

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