Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

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

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

Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who ran as a progressive activist, ousted 10-term Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano Tuesday in a Massachusetts House primary.

A part of the wave of women of color breaking into traditionally white positions of power across the country, Pressley's win echoed that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's over the longtime representative Joe Crowley in NY, and the ascent of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who - if she wins - will become the first African American female governor in USA history. Parallels between Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez were quickly observed as Pressley went up against a Democratic incumbent who was first elected into office in 1998.

Pressley netted endorsements from The Boston Globe and the rival Boston Herald.

Pressley is likely to become the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November, since there are no Republican candidates in the race. Capuano may have had the name recognition, but Pressley had the momentum.

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Pressley's win echoes the June primary in a safely Democratic New York City congressional district where first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a 10-term incumbent, sparking enthusiasm for progressive candidates across the United States.

The incumbent, who has held the seat for nearly 30 years, had a heavy financial advantage, raising $2.5 million through August 15 to Amatul-Wadud's $113,000.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sailed through her primary unopposed.

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Two other Democratic House incumbents, William Keating and Joe Kennedy, fended off primary challenges on Tuesday. No Republicans were running, so only a write-in campaign in November could possibly stand between her and Washington. He was added to the GOP "Contenders" list, the second of three levels in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program in August.

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