BOSTON-In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano lost Tuesday's primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councillor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve MA in Congress. "Let's push together to make Medicare for All, tuition free college, & living wages a reality in America - all without corporate PAC money". Capuano is a white dude.
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In a video clip of the moment, her family and staff can be heard shrieking and crying in the background as Pressley begins to hug those around her.
Pressley's upset Tuesday night marked the latest victory for progressives against Democratic establishment candidates.
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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.
Mike Capuano has just conceded to challenger Ayanna Pressley at his campaign headquarters in Somerville. Pressley is originally from Chicago, Illinois. It includes both Cambridge's Kendall Square - development there is booming - and the neighborhood of Roxbury, the center of Boston's traditionally black community.
When the 44-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party heard the results, she just couldn't believe it.
Like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's challenge to Rep. Joe Crowley, Ms. Pressley was looking to unseat a white male who'd represented for 20 years a district that was now mostly non-white. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley, sending her media attention in the final leg of her campaign.
Capuano conceded the election early after returns started flowing in, a sign of how badly Pressley defeated him.