BOSTON-In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano lost Tuesday's primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councillor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve MA in Congress.
Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greeted family, friends and supporters after beating Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District. Pressley does not identify as a Democratic Socialist, and she was a congressional aide for 16 years, first to Representative Joe P. Kennedy II and then to Senator John Kerry, before becoming the first first African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council.
There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January. She was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council in 2009.
Pressley represents the latest underdog candidate to have emerged to challenge both establishment Democrats and Republicans. She'll face Geoff Diehl, a state representative who served as co-chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign in the state and defeated two other Republicans for his party's nomination.
Another 10-term incumbent went down to defeat in a Democratic primary Tuesday night.
"These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".
Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.
Ayanna Pressley applauds in front of her supporters during primary day on September 4, 2018 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Still, Pressley joins Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida in the ranks of progressive, non-white politicians who represent demographic change and perspective in the Democratic Party.
Pressley may be considered an outsider by virtue of who she is. While she was similarly outspent by her opponent, Amatul-Wadud did not raise much in her race, coming in at $113,000. "I voted for Pressley because she has and will challenge polices", she said.
Capuano said in his concession speech that "clearly the district wanted a lot of change".