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Ayana Pressley: African-American woman wins MA primary

05 September, 2018, 15:40 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Secretary of State William Galvin fends off challenger Josh Zakim

Pressley, a Democrat, beat the incumbent representative Michael Capuano.

Democrats in Florida picked liberal Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to run for Florida governor, while Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia is vying to become the first black woman to serve as governor of any US state. Pressley has drawn comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greeted family, friends and supporters after beating Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

With Pressley off the council, Garrison may finally, after more than 20 attempts, have the chance to swoop back into an elected office.

Before Ayanna Pressley celebrated her triumph surrounded by dozens of supporters, a wave of shock hit her behind closed doors.

In the general election, Ms. Pressley will be heavily favored in the 7th Congressional District, which covers parts of Boston and its heavily Democratic suburbs and that backed Hillary Clinton with 84 percent of its vote in the 2016 presidential race.

A piece in Boston.com profiling Pressley's race after Ocasio-Cortez's victory this summer noted the similarities between their two campaigns.

There was little difference on issues between Ms. Pressley, 44, and Mr. Capuano, 66, but Ms. Pressley played up her potential appeal to the party's emergent progressive wing.

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It is the only in the state to have a majority non-white population.

Pressley's win was the latest in a streak of primary victories by younger, more diverse Democratic candidates against established rivals before the November 6 election.

Pressley will vie for a seat in the House of Representatives after a career in Boston's City Council.

Capuano is now the fourth incumbent to fall in a primary election this year, joining Republican Reps.

Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District.

Amatul-Wadud, a mother of seven who touted her support for "Medicare for All" legislation, stumbled with an admission that, in 2012, she voted for Republican Scott P. Brown over Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Capuano is now the fourth House lawmaker to lose re-election in a 2018 midterm primary, following Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).

However, unlike Crowley, Capuano had fiercely contested the MA race by racking up endorsements, attending debates and highlighting his consistently liberal voting record in one of the most Democratic districts in a traditionally Democratic state.

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