Ayanna Pressley Defeats Longtime Representative Mike Capuano in MA Democratic Primary Upset

Ayanna Pressley Defeats Longtime Representative Mike Capuano in MA Democratic Primary Upset

Pressley beat out Garrison for an at-large council seat a year ago, but come January, Pressley likely will be trading her City Hall office for one in Washington, D.C.

Ms Pressley argued she would bring new energy and awareness of the needs in the state's only congressional district where a majority of residents are not white.

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.

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley beat a 10-term incumbent yesterday to win the Democratic nomination to run for the US Congress, and she immediately came out swinging at President Donald Trump.

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Pressley may be considered an outsider by virtue of who she is.

Democratic candidate for U.S House of Representatives Ayanna Pressley's step-father Warren Maynard celebrates after Pressley won the Democratic primary in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

A part of the wave of women of color breaking into traditionally white positions of power across the country, Pressley's win echoed that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's over the longtime representative Joe Crowley in NY, and the ascent of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who - if she wins - will become the first African American female governor in USA history. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.

When the 44-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party heard the results, she just couldn't believe it. "I knew we would find no favor with the Democratic establishment both here at home and in Washington".

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

Pressley will now represent the seat that in earlier forms was held by John F. Kennedy and Tip O'Neill.

MA senator Elizabeth Warren, a favourite to run in the 2020 Presidential election, was uncontested for the state's Democratic nomination. "She will serve the district well in Congress".

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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