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Justice Democrat Ayanna Pressley Wins Primary

05 September, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • Ten-term male Democrat falls to progressive black woman in Massachusetts primary

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.

Pressley, who will not face a Republican challenger in November, becomes the first African-American woman elected to Congress from the Commonwealth.

Pressley challenged Capuano, who has been in Congress since 1998, from the left, and the race drew comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory over Congressman Joe Crowley - particularly after Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley won the Democratic primary Tuesday in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District, ousting longtime Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano from the deep-blue, Boston-based district.

For Pressley, as with many other ascendant candidates of color, unabashedly progressive credentials smoothed her path to victory in the primary.

"We won, we won", Pressley says, as she is hugged by numerous people around her.

Pressley's foray into politics started way back in 2009 when she became the first woman of colour to be elected to the city council. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.

There was little difference on issues between Ms. Pressley, 44, and Mr. Capuano, 66, but Ms. Pressley played up her potential appeal to the party's emergent progressive wing.

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

There are no Republican candidates.

Pressley will vie for a seat in the House of Representatives after a career in Boston's City Council. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen. He also had the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.

No Republican is on the ballot for the seventh congressional district race in November, so the Pressley will most likely be heading to Washington in 2019.

However, unlike Crowley, Capuano had fiercely contested the MA race by racking up endorsements, attending debates and highlighting his consistently liberal voting record in one of the most Democratic districts in a traditionally Democratic state.

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