Ayanna Pressley set to be first black MA congresswoman

Bill Galvin and Josh Zakim

Pressley won the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District, defeating Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano to become the first African-American woman in this position in the history of MA.

"We won? we won?" she repeats as she looks around the room. 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. Because of a Boston city election rule, Garrison's finish may be just enough to shimmy her way in to the council.

She joins 28-year-old political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from NY (whose opponent Joe Crowley was described in June as "the most powerful Democrat in Queens") in pulling off a stunning win ahead of November's federal elections.

Ayanna Pressley, the 44-year-old Boston City Councilor, triumphed over 20-year incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA). Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional district in MA.

Pressley had the endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez, whose victory in NY this summer prompted Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez to declare her "the future of our party", as the party shifts leftward from the watery managerialism of Hillary Clinton and her ilk. Pressley only disagreed with Capuano on a few issues, such as abolishing ICE, but she earned the endorsement of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who unseated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in June.

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Though results were coming in slowly and the race had yet to be called, Capuano conceded just 80 minutes after polls closed.

Facing an uncontested general election for the district in November, Pressley, 44, is set to become the first woman of color to serve MA in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez worked the late Sen.

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.

"It seems like change is on the way", Pressley told her supporters to rousing applause Tuesday night.

"When I have said that the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power, driving and informing the policy-making, that was never about me, that was about the residents of the MA 7th Congressional district", she said Wednesday during a party unity event. Pressley, though, was already a well-known figure in MA politics, and the race was seen as close and competitive for months. 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. "People of every walk of life".

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