LURCHING LEFT: Cortez-Backed Candidate DEFEATS 10-Term Dem in MA

06 September, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Bostonians cast their votes at the Another Course To College precinct on Nov. 7 2017 Staff

Pressley, who is now Boston's first Black city councilor, handily defeated 10-term incumbent Democratic State Representative Michael Capuano in Tuesday's Democratic state primary.

Mr. Capuano conceded the race to Ms. Pressley on Tuesday night, though the Associated Press had yet to declare a victor in the race.

Pressley is now poised to become the only black member of Massachusetts' mostly male congressional delegation.

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch easily won his Democratic primary Tuesday in his bid for a ninth full term. She solidly defeated Michael Capuano despite his long progressive record, including voting against the Iraq War and supporting Medicare for all. However, while the mainstream media portrays her win as another victory for young progressives over the Democratic old guard, Pressley's Boston district is a deeply liberal one, and both her and Capuano's platforms both leaned sharply to the left.

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Speaking to the New York Times Tuesday night, Boston-based Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh argued that Pressley's victory is "a big wake-up call to any incumbent on the ballot in November".

Pressley took on U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, who had not faced a primary challenge since he was first elected in 1998. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley shortly after her win.

Video posted on Twitter by Jesse Mermell shows Pressley, a Boston City councilor, trying to gather her emotions as results show she beat incumbent Rep.

They were contesting a primary to run for the seat held by U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas, who is retiring after 11 years.

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As Pressley said, she didn't campaign on being more progressive than Capuano, who voted against the 2003 Iraq War vote and has advocated for single-payer healthcare.

Conceding on Tuesday, Mr Capuano said: "Clearly the district wanted a lot of change".

She also supports measures deemed radical by many, including abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal agency that has enforced President Trump's crackdown on illegal migrants. In fact, she said, the two would vote the same way. She joins a number of other black women who've won their primaries this year, including Stacey Abrams, who's running for governor in Georgia, Lauren Underwood, running for a congressional seat in IL, and Jahana Hayes, who's also running for a seat in Congress from CT.

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