Ayanna Pressley’s Massachusetts Primary Win Hints at an Exciting 2018 Election Trend

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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.

Boston City Councilmember Ayanna Pressley made history by defeating 10-term progressive Democratic Congressmember Michael Capuano. Capuano has been an established progressive Democrat, supporting issues like single-payer healthcare. Robert Pittenger(N.C.) and Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Democratic Rep. She served as a senior aide to former Sen.

During the race, Capuano raised $1.73m to Pressley's $890,000, actively campaigning against her and even cancelling his vacation as soon as he heard she was running.

"These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".

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. I'm just as upset as they are, but so be it.

She was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of NY in June.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her support for Pressley on Tuesday night, writing "Congratulations to my sister in service, @AyannaPressley, on continuing her historic path into Congress tonight".

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

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley couldn't match Capuano's experience or endorsements, but she had some things he didn't - a new face, and a different set of experiences as a woman of color.

Pressley, 44, has embraced expanding the Medicare federal health insurance program to cover all Americans and effectively abolishing the Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit of the Department of Homeland Security. "I'm saying that your vote is just one part of the job", she said. She argued that she was more attuned to the needs of the state's only congressional district where a majority of residents are not white.

Ayanna Pressley is heading to the US Congress in the latest remarkable upset in this year's primaries in advance of the November midterm elections.

Pressley, who labeled President Trump racist and misogynistic, said she knew when she launched her campaign that she "would find no favor with the Democratic establishment both here at home and in Washington".

The votes decided who advances to the November general election to run for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and other offices.