Ayanna Pressley’s Massachusetts Primary Win Hints at an Exciting 2018 Election Trend

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

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

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley stunned fellow Democrats by defeating incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in a closely watched MA primary battle Tuesday.

Althea Garrison wasn't on anyone's ballot on Tuesday, but Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's stunning victory over Representative Michael Capuano pushed Garrison closer to a seat on the council. Zakim also picked up the Massachusetts Democratic Party's official endorsement. She served as a senior aide to former Sen. Indeed, CBS notes that "both Pressley and Capuano admit there's likely no difference between them in terms of the way they'll vote in Congress".

Massachusetts Democrats are eagerly turning theirs sights toward a midterm showdown with Republicans after a revolt from the progressive wing of the party toppled several longtime leaders in the state Tuesday night. Pressley, a Democrat, beat the incumbent representative Michael Capuano.

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. 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.).

In a recent interview at Tacos El Paso, a Mexican restaurant in Everett, she said she'd long idolized Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, pioneering Democrats who were among the first black women in Congress.

Conceding on Tuesday, Mr Capuano said: "Clearly the district wanted a lot of change". No Republicans were running, so only a write-in campaign in November could possibly stand between her and Washington.




But she also argued her case in part based on identity, saying last week that "representation does matter".

"It seems like change is on the way", said Pressley to raucous applause at her election night party.

Supporters of Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Council member and Democratic candidate for congress, react to the news of her victory at the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on September 4, 2018.

Pressley, 44, has embraced expanding the Medicare federal health insurance program to cover all Americans and effectively abolishing the Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

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

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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