Ayanna Pressley defeats Dem Rep. Michael Capuano in upset primary victory

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Ayanna Pressley's reaction to her historic upset victory in a Democratic primary for a Massachusetts House seat quickly went viral on Tuesday.

"Apparently the district just is very upset with lots of things that are going on". Pressley will run unopposed in November, giving her a virtual lock on the seat - the first in Congress that will be held by a black woman from MA.

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.

Pressley, the first black woman to serve on the council, is now on track to represent an area of MA once served by Democratic icons Tip O'Neill and John F. Kennedy. Capuano, 66, is the second House Democrat to lose a primary to a progressive challenger this year, NY reports.

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Althea Garrison wasn't on anyone's ballot on Tuesday, but Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's stunning victory over Representative Michael Capuano pushed Garrison closer to a seat on the council.

Garrison served one term as a state representative in 1992, but she has lost countless elections since leaving that office. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), she later supported it. Capuano also backed Sanders' quixotic health care scheme, which would cost approximately $32.6 trillion, according to Mercatus scholar Charles Blahous.

The results are in for the MA primary races and two of the races have a historic outcome.

The Democratic party has referred to African-American women as the backbone of the party, but in recent years, some black organizers have expressed frustration that the party has not invested in recruiting black candidates.

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The Republican nominee likely will try to suggest that Warren is out of touch with MA voters as she mulls a possible bid for president in 2020.

"Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that MA will be well-served", Capuano said when he conceded the election before the race was officially called on Tuesday night. Kennedy, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, delivered the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union address this year. Baker will face Democrat Jay Gonzalez.

Massachusetts Democrats are eagerly turning theirs sights toward a midterm showdown with Republicans after a revolt from the progressive wing of the party toppled several longtime leaders in the state Tuesday night.

Capuano was endorsed by prominent MA figures, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, the state's first black governor. "We believe that people in public life can, and should, debate the issues respectfully and seek common ground whenever possible".

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