Democrats look to midterms after bruising primary fights

Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley

Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a ma primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman-especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District.

Ayanna Pressley's historic victory over a 10-term incumbent in the 7th Congressional District primary Tuesday night could vault her as the next national champion of the progressive movement, experts say.

Pressley is poised to become the first African-American woman to represent MA in the state's congressional history. For example, her campaign promoted a "listening-only hearing" on gun violence that she put on while serving in local government.

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud lost the state's 1st Congressional District to Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

She was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of NY in June.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sailed through the primary unopposed. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley shortly after her win.

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Capuano voted against the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, and supported Medicare-for-all and sanctuary cities long before they became mainstream ideas.

There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January. That I kept steadfast about the hope of our world, and more importantly to the promise of the Democratic party.

Capuano was the only Democratic incumbent in MA to lose a primary Tuesday night, with three others easily fending off challenges from the left. Ocasio-Cortez worked the late Sen. Pressley, a Democrat, beat the incumbent representative Michael Capuano. Baker will face Democrat Jay Gonzalez in November. Robert F. Kennedy, delivered the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union address this year. "This is a fight for the future of our democracy", Pressley said at a recent canvassing event in Cambridge, CNN reported.

Capuano was endorsed by prominent MA figures, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, the state's first black governor. After working as a staffer for Senator John Kerry and Rep. Joe Kennedy, and becoming the first black woman elected to Boston City Council, Pressley was given a "rising star" award by Democrat activist group EMILY's List in 2015, speaking at the group's gala awards ceremony alongside then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. "For many reasons in our lives, we felt invisible and voiceless but my mother made sure I knew that on Election Day, we were powerful".

For several years, there has been a call among some Democrats, including lawmakers, to replace House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), 78, and her leadership team with more youthful voices.

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