Democratic Incumbent Upset by Primary Challenger in Massachusetts Congressional Primary

April FrancisSep 06, 2018

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a MA primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman-especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District.

Rep. Michael Capuano, Massachusetts Democrat, conceded the race to challenger Ayanna Pressley in the state's only majority-minority district. Capuano has been an established progressive Democrat, supporting issues like single-payer healthcare. And black politicians in three states - Florida, Georgia and Maryland - have won the Democratic nomination for governor, a historic turn for a country that has elected just two black governors in US history.

Before Ayanna Pressley celebrated her triumph surrounded by dozens of supporters, a wave of shock hit her behind closed doors.

The Boston Globe brought up the fact that Pressley - a woman of color - represents a new generation of Democratic leaders.

While pundits and politics watchers have been predicting a surge of women in Washington during this year's midterm elections, Massachusetts House candidate Ayanna Pressley confirmed another exciting trend: Up-and-coming, young, progressive women candidates destroying male incumbents in primaries across the country. REUTERS/Brian SnyderIncumbent U.S. Representative Mike Capuano (D-MA) wears an "I Voted" sticker after casting his ballot in the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

She was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of NY in June.

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The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign. She's also been outspoken about being a rape survivor. There, as the New York Times reports, she reformed the city's liquor licensing process, updated Boston Public Schools' policy for pregnant and parenting teens, and created a City Council committee focused on women and girls.

They were contesting a primary to run for the seat held by U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas, who is retiring after 11 years. She ran on a platform of abolishing ICE-that's the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency-and speaking for prisoners behind bars.

The Chicago-raised activist faces no Republican rival for the district, leaving her free to focus on President Donald Trump.

"This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy", Pressley said Tuesday while campaigning in the district.

"I am very determined; I don't give up that easy, " Garrison said in February when asked about her potential political reincarnation.

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