In primary stunner, challenger unseats incumbent Democratic Rep. Capuano in MA

Bill Galvin and Josh Zakim

Bill Galvin and Josh Zakim

Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley pulled off a surprise upset by defeating 10-term congressman Rep. Mike Capuano in a Democratic primary in MA on Tuesday.

With no Republicans on the ticket in Tuesday's primary, Pressley is all but certain to succeed U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, 66.

Capuano voted against the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, and supported Medicare-for-all and sanctuary cities long before they became mainstream ideas.

Another major upset of a Democratic congressman took place in MA on Tuesday night.

"These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party", she said.

While Capuano is well-respected Democrat who built a solidly progressive voting record over his 20 years in Congress, Pressley argued that-in the age of Trump-Massachusetts' seventh congressional district and the nation need "bold, activist leadership". I'm just as upset as they are, but so be it.

"This is not just a blue wave; this is a movement that's coming to Congress", New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said during a June appearance with Pressley, before either woman had defeated their supposedly safe Democratic opponents.

Ediger said she sees eye-to-eye with Wu on numerous issues, but also wants to see a change in the Democratic Party.

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Coupled with Pressley's compelling candidacy, a low-turnout primary the day after Labor Day, and district lines that were redrawn in 2011, Capuano was clearly vulnerable.

But here was Ayanna Pressley, a Boston City Council member and rising Democratic star, exhorting volunteers in a Cambridge restaurant with an impassioned performance style she learned as a child at her grandfather's storefront Baptist church in Chicago.

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.

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

For Pressley, as with many other ascendant candidates of color, unabashedly liberal credentials smoothed her path to victory in the primary.

"I knew I would be demonized as entitled and what no woman would can ever be, ambitious.space" But change can win", she said to loud cheers.

It also comes after (in a variation on the theme) Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, made history by becoming Florida's first black gubernatorial nominee last week, defeating frontrunner Gwen Graham.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate nationwide in the November 6 general election to gain a majority that could allow them to counter Republican President Donald Trump's agenda.

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