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Mass. primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

Mass. primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greeted family, friends and supporters after beating Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

With her primary win in the safe Democratic seat, Pressley is now poised to become the state's first African-American elected to the House.

Capuano conceded defeat to Pressley in the race to represent Massachusetts' 7th District approximately 90 minutes after the polls closed.

Candidates for lieutenant governor run separately in the primary but in tandem with their party's gubernatorial nominee in the general election. In 2009, she was the first woman of colour ever elected to the Boston City Council. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.

The Chicago-raised activist faces no Republican rival for the district, leaving her free to focus on President Donald Trump.

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch easily won his Democratic primary Tuesday in his bid for a ninth full term.

Her background is more like Gillum's than Ocasio-Cortez's: She has a long career in Boston politics.

Pressley acknowledged that she and Capuano would probably vote the same way on most issues, but she has argued that she could lead "a movement" from the seat.

Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.

Pressley's victory - as a younger woman of color - echoes the upset win, earlier this year in New York City, of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also ousted a longtime congressional incumbent.

Dorchester resident Carla Monteiro, 35, voted for Pressley because, she said, she felt a strong connection to her history, and felt Pressley had a record of making change.

"With so much at stake in the era of Trump, tonight's results make clear what Ayanna Pressley knew when she boldly launched her campaign against a ten-term incumbent: Change in the country and Congress can't wait", said Jim Dean, chair of the liberal group Democracy for America.

As FiveThirtyEight reports, a MA candidate has followed in the footsteps of the young Ocasio-Cortez with a surprising upset against a mainstream Democrat challenger on Tuesday evening.