Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

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.

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. No Republicans were running, so only a write-in campaign in November could possibly stand between her and Washington.

Brianna Wu is a co-founder of the video game company Giant Spacekat.

The 63-year-old Lynch is a former union ironworker and grew up in South Boston.

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. In polls leading up to Tuesday, Capuano led by double-digits.

Capuano would be the second Democrat and fourth House incumbent to lose a primary ahead of the November midterms.

Pressley has bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in her campaign. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.

Democratic U.S Congressional candidate and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greets voters outside a polling station in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

Her background is more like Gillum's than Ocasio-Cortez's: She has a long career in Boston politics.

Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.

Moments after her rival - 10-term Rep.

Like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's challenge to Rep. Joe Crowley, Ms. Pressley was looking to unseat a white male who'd represented for 20 years a district that was now mostly non-white.

"We will vote the same way, but I will lead differently", she said in a recent debate.

Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighbourhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways".

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