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

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Secretary of State William Galvin, 67, who has held his office for 24 years, easily beat another Boston City Council member, 34-year-old Josh Zakim.

Greeting voters at a Boston polling station, Pressley spoke of "the ground shifting beneath our feet and the wind at our backs".

"Last year", Bruni wrote in 2016, "the political action committee Emily's List honored Pressley, 42, with a rising star award, and her terrific acceptance speech charmed and moved those who heard it, significantly raising her profile". "People of every walk of life".

Ayanna Pressley, 44, won the Democratic nomination for the US House of Representatives in Massachusetts's seventh district, one of the most left-leaning in America and which includes Harvard University. No Republicans were running, so only a write-in campaign in November could possibly stand between her and Washington.

Her victory marks the latest win for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party this election cycle, and the latest win for a minority and female candidate over an incumbent or establishment favorite, following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shocking win over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) earlier this summer and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's (D) recent gubernatorial primary upset of former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL). While she was similarly outspent by her opponent, Amatul-Wadud did not raise much in her race, coming in at $113,000.

Pressley called for defunding the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, which helped her draw support from Massachusetts' popular attorney general, Maura Healey, who's gained a national following for repeatedly suing President Donald Trump in an attempt to block his policies on immigration, gun control and other issues. "I'm looking forward to fighting alongside her in Congress".

In a column written by New York Times reporter Frank Bruni, Pressley was one of four MA politicians named on Bruni's list of "14 Young Democrats to Watch". "She will serve the district well in Congress". She recently earned the endorsement of the Boston Globe.

Pressley has bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in her campaign. Capuano, a white man, stressed his record and ability to deliver for the urban district, while Pressley said she'd be a transformative leader, with a motto of "change can't wait". "I happen to be black and a woman and unapologetically proud to be both, but that is not the totality of my identity".

Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, is retiring at the end of this term, and that open seat touched off a political scramble with 10 candidates on the Democratic primary ballot.

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