Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

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Kenneth Drake | 05 September, 2018, 13:09

Pressley spent her day traveling around the district, which includes parts of Boston, Somerville and Cambridge, campaigning on her slogan, "Change can't wait".

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

"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.

"Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us", Pressley told wildly cheering supporters Tuesday night.

A piece in Boston.com profiling Pressley's race after Ocasio-Cortez's victory this summer noted the similarities between their two campaigns.

Later during Pressley's victory party, her stepdaughter Cora stood in silence with tears rolling down her face as she listened to Pressley speak.

Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-year incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional District race in June.


"These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".

Pressley cried tears of joy after receiving the news of her win.

Keating will take on Republican Peter Tedeschi in November. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman".

The 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state where minorities comprise a majority of the population.

Pressley is all but certain to become the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November.

Polls and political analysts predict the state's nine House of Representatives seats will remain in Democratic hands, along with the seat held by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading liberal voice often cited as a possible 2020 White House contender. "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. Both contended that Baker's support among voters was soft and that his administration had failed to make significant strides in many areas, particularly the problems plaguing the Boston-area transit system known as the "T".

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