In primary stunner, progressive ousts Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano

Boston Globe via Getty Images FILE

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She congratulated Pressley, whom she referred to as her "sister in service", on the historic win Tuesday night.

"Apparently the district just is very upset with lots of things that are going on".

Pressley-who is expected to win in November and become the first black woman to represent MA in Congress-contrasted her message of bold, movement-based politics with Capuano's decision to continue taking corporate PAC money and his refusal to embrace the growing grassroots call to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). With no Republicans on the ticket in Tuesday's primary, Pressley is all but certain to succeed U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, 66.

While pundits and politics watchers have been predicting a surge of women in Washington during this year's midterm elections, Massachusetts House candidate Ayanna Pressley confirmed another exciting trend: Up-and-coming, young, progressive women candidates destroying male incumbents in primaries across the country.

The race was just one of a slate of contested primaries in MA on Tuesday. The race for Capuano's seat was less about policy issues than representation - Massachusett's 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state with more non-whites than whites.

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"I'm sorry it didn't work out, but this is life, and this is O.K. America's going to be O.K. Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that MA will be well served", Capuano said, according to The New York Times.

Only two of Massachusetts's nine House members are women, and one is retiring. Neal, the dean of the state's House delegation, first was elected in 1989.

Capuano was endorsed by prominent MA figures, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, the state's first black governor.

An African-American woman pulled off an upset victory in a Democratic primary contest against a 10-term entrenched male incumbent in Boston, the latest sign that insurgent United States candidates from the left are gaining ground.

Pressley is not quite so much an outsider as Ocasio-Cortez. Robert F. Kennedy, delivered the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union address earlier this year. Baker will face Democrat Jay Gonzalez in November. Both contended that Baker's support among voters was soft and that his administration had failed to make significant strides in many areas, particularly the problems plaguing the Boston-area transit system known as the "T".

The prospect of a Pressley upset had drawn some comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defeat of Crowley in June.

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