Ten-term male Democrat falls to progressive black woman in MA primary

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Ten-term male Democrat falls to progressive black woman in Massachusetts primary

The 44-year-old Boston city councillor beat House veteran Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic nomination. Pressley has drawn comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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.

Capuano is considered one of the most liberal members of the MA delegation, and Pressley had acknowledged she had few major policy quarrels with him. Pressley argued in her campaign that Capuano represents an old guard of politics, and it's time for a change.

She is now seeking the Democratic nomination for the MA 7th Congressional District and was the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council in its 100-year history. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.

Minority candidates could play an important role in Democratic efforts to fire up the party's most passionate supporters and offset the low turnout that midterms often draw. "I knew we would find no favor with the Democratic establishment both here at home and in Washington". Because of a Boston city election rule, Garrison's finish may be just enough to shimmy her way in to the council.

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Polls and political analysts predict the state's nine House of Representatives seats will remain in Democratic hands, along with the seat held by US Senator Elizabeth Warren, often cited as a possible 2020 White House contender.

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

MA senator Elizabeth Warren, a favourite to run in the 2020 Presidential election, was uncontested for the state's Democratic nomination. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen. "She will serve the district well in Congress".

Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, is retiring at the end of this term, and that open seat touched off a political scramble with 10 candidates on the Democratic primary ballot.

And black politicians in three states - Florida, Georgia and Maryland - have won the Democratic nomination for governor, a historic turn for a country that has elected just two black governors in US history.

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