Friday, 21 September, 2018

Democratic Activist Ousts Incumbent Massachusetts Congressman in Primary

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Jodi Jackson | 05 September, 2018, 15:37

Pressley was likely aided by the demographics of the 7th district, which cuts a north-south swathe through the city of Boston and includes the suburbs of Chelsea, Everett, and Somerville - where Capuano served as mayor for nine years in the 1990s.

Pressley is poised to become the first African-American woman to represent MA in the state's congressional history.

Pressley, who will not face a Republican challenger in November, becomes the first African-American woman elected to Congress from the Commonwealth. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley, sending her media attention in the final leg of her campaign.

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.

Pressley may be considered an outsider by virtue of who she is.

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

Ayanna Pressley, Boston city councillor and House Democratic candidate, gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering Tuesday in Boston. "These are the kind of factors that Democrats need to have over the next two months if they are going to pull off victories in some of those really competitive races". 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. She also worked for former senator John Kerry.

Capuano is now the fourth incumbent to fall in a primary election this year, joining Republican Reps.

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

Pressley, the first black woman to serve on the council, is now on track to represent an area of MA once served by Democratic icons Tip O'Neill and John F. Kennedy.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sailed through her primary unopposed.

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 USA history. She ousted 10-term New York Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary in June.

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