Ayanna Pressley defeats Michael Capuano in MA U.S. House race


Pressley took on US Representative Michael Capuano, who had not faced a primary challenge since he was first elected in 1998.

"I'm sorry it didn't work out, but this is life, and this is O.K. America's going to be O.K. Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that MA will be well served", Capuano said, according to The New York Times.

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.

With no Republican running for the Seventh District seat in the general election, Pressley is poised to become the first woman of color from MA to serve in the US House. She became the first woman of color ever to serve in the city's council in 2010. She also worked as a senior aide to former Rep. Kennedy, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen.

Pressley enjoyed an endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter.

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Capuano is now the fourth incumbent to fall in a primary election this year, joining Republican Reps. A win by her would give the Democrats' progressive wing another win in their effort to pull the party leftward.

Baker, a moderate who has been popular with voters in what is perceived as one of the nation's bluest states, will face Gonzalez, who served as secretary of administration and finance under Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick. He had an A rating from the NAACP and hosted campaign events with civil rights icon Rep. No Republican candidates filed for the race that Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Solid Democratic.

Capuano conceded defeat to Pressley in the race to represent Massachusetts' 7th District approximately 90 minutes after the polls closed. She and Ocasio-Cortez both defeated older, white congressmen who were reliable liberal votes, but who didn't look like many voters in their districts.

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 United States candidates from the left are gaining ground. This is while only 4.4 percent of precincts are reporting to the Associated Press.