Pressley's upset another win for fresh Democratic voices

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Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley won the Democratic primary Tuesday in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District, ousting longtime Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano from the deep-blue, Boston-based district. Pressley is making history; she will become the first African-American Massachusetts voters have sent to the US House of Representatives. "But Pressley is a proven advocate with an understanding of the needs of the district, and she would be a fresh voice in Congress. Pressley represents the present of the 7th District and the future of the Democratic Party".

Teeming opposition on the left to Trump has fuelled primary wins for insurgent, women and minority candidates in Democratic primaries ahead of November's crucial midterm elections. He also had the support of the Congressional Black Caucus. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.

Pressley is likely to become the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November, since there are no Republican candidates in the race. "She will serve the district well in Congress".

Another 10-term incumbent went down to defeat in a Democratic primary Tuesday night. While she was similarly outspent by her opponent, Amatul-Wadud did not raise much in her race, coming in at $113,000.

During the campaign, Capuano touted his credentials as an "unabashed liberal", but he found himself competing with Pressley over who was the more progressive candidate. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman".

Pressley's win echoed that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's over the long-time representative Joe Crowley in NY, and the ascent of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who - if she wins - will become the first African-American female governor in U.S. history.

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.

"When I was growing up, my mother and I felt voiceless and invisible, but she made sure I knew that on Election Day we were powerful", she said during her speech.

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