Ayanna Pressley’s Massachusetts Primary Win Hints at an Exciting 2018 Election Trend

Ayanna Pressley Defeats 10-Term Massachusetts Dem Rep. Michael Capuano in Big Primary Upset

Pressley joins a growing slate of minority women Democrats running in the November 6 congressional elections, including New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who scored a similar upset over a longtime incumbent, and Minnesota state Representative Ilhan Omar, set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

Pressley is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November, and her victory gives Democrats' progressive wing another win in their effort to pull the party leftward. "Or because of the statistical odds for those who come from the ZIP code that I was born into and the sort of family model that I grew up in".

"I have been really furious about the constant charges being lobbed against me about identity politics that, by the way, are only lobbed against women and candidates of color", she said in one debate. "I know that wherever the pain exists, the solutions exist within that community as well".

Her victory comes a decade after she was the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council.

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

"Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that MA will be well-served", Capuano said when he conceded the election before the race was officially called on Tuesday night. She argued that she was more attuned to the needs of the state's only congressional district where a majority of residents are not white.

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"We did everything we could do to get this done", Capuano said Tuesday night, according to WBZ NewsRadio in Boston. She also had the backing of the state's attorney general, Maura Healey. "Many would just say: Your job is the vote".

"This is our opportunity to build it", she said. At the state level, plenty of other progressive women candidates have been quietly following suit, from Jillian Gilchrest in CT to Andrea Romero in New Mexico. REUTERS/Brian SnyderIncumbent U.S. Representative Mike Capuano (D-MA) speaks to reporters after voting in the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

Secretary of State William Galvin, 67, who has held his office for 24 years, easily beat another Boston City Council member, 34-year-old Josh Zakim. Capuano has been an established progressive Democrat, supporting issues like single-payer healthcare.

It's not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston - a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump.

Capuano conceded the race at around 9 p.m. Shortly after her win, Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley. Secondly, I wore these cute little yellow neon shoes last night and I figured they were good luck so I wore them again today - and they hurt.

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