In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

A 10-term Democratic congressman has conceded defeat to a Boston city councillor who is now poised to become Massachusetts' first black congresswoman in a race with parallels to a NY upset that rattled the party in June.

Ayanna Pressley didn't just upset Michael Capuano on Tuesday.

Ayanna Pressley beat the incumbent, Michael Capuano, to stand in November's midterm election for a safe House seat where no Republican candidate is being put forward. Robert Pittenger(N.C.) and Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Democratic Rep. For example, her campaign promoted a "listening-only hearing" on gun violence that she put on while serving in local government.

Pressley defeated a similarly left-leaning incumbent, which could temper any potential discord around her arrival in Congress, said Joshua Dyck, a professor of political science at the University of MA at Lowell.

Both races highlight rifts within the Democratic Party, with many younger voters embracing new and more diverse political leadership.

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Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District. Pressley was endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez, and has been profiled in several news outlets.

"I knew we would be essentially, alone", Pressley said during her victory speech.

Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, is retiring at the end of this term, and that open seat touched off a political scramble with 10 candidates on the Democratic primary ballot.

"Clearly, the district wanted a lot of change", he told supporters.

She enjoyed a boost in the race's final weeks thanks to endorsements from both Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey - who has made a name for herself by suing the Trump administration - as well as the Boston Globe, the state's paper of record. "I voted for Pressley because she has and will challenge polices", she said.

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She also referred to President Donald Trump as "a racist, misogynist, truly empathy bankrupt man" and hit out at wealth inequality in her seventh congressional district.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has backed Pressley, who shares similar far-left views, including Medicare-for-all and defunding of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighbourhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways".

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate nationwide in the November 6 general election to gain a majority that could allow them to counter Republican President Donald Trump's agenda.

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