Boston the latest upset as progressive wave sweeps Democratic party

Bill Galvin and Josh Zakim

Bill Galvin and Josh Zakim

The Boston city councilwoman just beat 10-term incumbent progressive Congressman Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary in MA, securing the Democratic nomination for Congress for Massachusetts's 7th district. Tonight, she won hers.

In her victory speech, Pressley expressed the importance of new, diverse faces in her party, and why so many fringe Democrats are making a difference.

During the race, Capuano raised $1.73m to Pressley's $890,000, actively campaigning against her and even cancelling his vacation as soon as he heard she was running. I'm just as upset as they are, but so be it.

Since she will not face a Republican opponent in November's midterm election, Pressley will most likely become the first African-American woman to represent MA in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pressley challenged Capuano, who has been in Congress since 1998, from the left, and the race drew comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory over Congressman Joe Crowley - particularly after Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley.

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.

The race between Capuano and Pressley was perhaps the most closely watched contest in MA, especially since Pressley drew comparisons to Ocasio-Cortez.

Pressley, the first black woman to serve on the council, is now on track to represent an area of MA once served by Democratic icons Tip O'Neill and John F. Kennedy.

Ayanna Pressley beat the incumbent, Michael Capuano, to stand in November's midterm election for a safe House seat where no Republican candidate is being put forward.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Ms Pressley on Twitter and said the two had bonded over having people doubt their capability and experience.

They were contesting a primary to run for the seat held by U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas, who is retiring after 11 years.

"Our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man", Pressley, 44, told supporters on Tuesday night.

But she also argued her case in part based on identity, saying last week that "representation does matter".

With 13 percent of precincts reporting, Keating led businessman Bill Cimbrelo 86 percent to 14 percent when the AP called the race.

A Boston city councilor's historic defeat of a 10-term Democratic congressman was the latest sign of a generational shift in the party that is strengthening the clout of women and minority candidates, inspired by anger at Republican U.S. President Donald Trump. "People of every walk of life".

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