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

05 September, 2018, 15:39 | Author: Sara Gill
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"The nature of the 44-year-old city councilor's [Pressley's] campaign - a woman of color taking on a white, male longtime congressman in a Democratic primary - drew immediate comparisons [to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign] Wednesday", he added.

The video, which was posted just moments after The Associated Press called the race for Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District, had accumulated about 555,000 views on Twitter as of Wednesday morning.

Pressley signaled on Tuesday that she expected to shake up her own party.

That wave of change sweeping Pressley into Congress could help the incoming freshmen overcome her low spot on the political totem pole, said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson, who helped Seth Moulton win over incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in 2014. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat. Pressley acknowledged that she and Capuano would probably vote the same way on most issues, but she has argued that she could lead "a movement" from the seat. There are no Republicans on the November ballot.

Republicans didn't run a candidate in the heavily Republican Boston-based district, and Pressley is all but guaranteed to join the next Congress.


Another veteran congressman, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, won a spirited primary showdown with Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a black attorney from Springfield who had hoped to become the first Muslim to serve in Congress from MA.

Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District.

Pressley, who represents the 7th district, one of Massachusetts' most diverse, has advocated for a progressive agenda, which includes abolishing ICE, increased mental health care services in schools and medicare for all. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen.

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.

Another 10-term incumbent went down to defeat in a Democratic primary Tuesday night.

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