Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary

05 September, 2018, 15:38 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • Secretary of State William Galvin fends off challenger Josh Zakim

That wave of change sweeping Pressley into Congress could help the incoming freshmen overcome her low spot on the political totem pole, said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson, who helped Seth Moulton win over incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in 2014.

Ayanna Pressley's reaction to her historic upset victory in a Democratic primary for a Massachusetts House seat quickly went viral on Tuesday.

Ayanna Pressley applauds in front of her supporters during primary day on September 4, 2018 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

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

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Pressley's win echoes the June primary in a safely Democratic New York City congressional district, where first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a 10-term incumbent, sparking enthusiasm for progressive candidates across the United States.

Pressley is likely to become the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November, since there are no Republican candidates in the race.

There is no Republican challenger in the November general election.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Ms Pressley on Twitter and said the two had bonded over having people doubt their capability and experience. No Republican candidates filed for the race that Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Solid Democratic.

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Pressley is backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the leftist socialist who defeated Crowley in NY on a message of pushing to "Abolish ICE".

Pressley signaled on Tuesday that she expected to shake up her own party.

MA senator Elizabeth Warren, a favourite to run in the 2020 Presidential election, was uncontested for the state's Democratic nomination. Joseph P. Kennedy II and former Sen. Baker will face Democrat Jay Gonzalez in November.

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. 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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