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In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

Ayanna Pressley, right, upset ten-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in a Democratic primary Tuesday night.

There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Capuano (D-MA) greets supporters after voting in the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

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

Before becoming a councillor she worked for Senator John Kerry and Congressman Joe Kennedy - whose grandfather, John F Kennedy held the seat Ms Pressley is set to win before he became president.

Both races highlight rifts within the Democratic Party, with many younger voters embracing new and more diverse political leadership.




Massachusetts' 7th District, the only majority-minority district in the liberal state, once sent President John F. Kennedy to Congress and was viewed prior to Tuesday's contest as the kind of area that was ripe for a shakeup.

In his concession speech, Capuano said the district was clearly upset with the status quo and that he shared those feelings. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley, sending her media attention in the final leg of her campaign.

Liberal Democrats Andrew Gillum and Ben Jealous are vying to become the first black governors in Florida and Maryland, respectively, while Democrat Stacey Abrams would be the first black woman governor of any USA state if elected in Georgia. There, as the New York Times reports, she reformed the city's liquor licensing process, updated Boston Public Schools' policy for pregnant and parenting teens, and created a City Council committee focused on women and girls.

An African-American woman pulled off an upset victory in a Democratic primary contest against a 10-term entrenched male incumbent in Boston, the latest sign that insurgent U.S. candidates from the left are gaining ground. She ran on a platform of abolishing ICE-that's the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency-and speaking for prisoners behind bars. Bernie Sanders, a self-identified Democratic Socialist who reinvigorated the progressive wing of the Democratic Party with his 2016 presidential bid.

"We won, we won", Pressley says, as she is hugged by numerous people around her. "I voted for Pressley because she has and will challenge polices", she said.

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

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