In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

In primary stunner, Pressley unseats incumbent Rep. Capuano

Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley has unseated ten-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano, in surprise upset in the Massachusetts Democratic primary Tuesday.

In the general election, Ms. Pressley will be heavily favored in the 7th Congressional District, which covers parts of Boston and its heavily Democratic suburbs and that backed Hillary Clinton with 84 percent of its vote in the 2016 presidential race.

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It's not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston - a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump. Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley, sending her media attention in the final leg of her campaign.

Pressley also represents the latest underdog candidate to have emerged to challenge both establishment Democrats and Republicans. "She will serve the district well in Congress".

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Later during Pressley's victory party, her stepdaughter Cora stood in silence with tears rolling down her face as she listened to Pressley speak. While she was similarly outspent by her opponent, Amatul-Wadud did not raise much in her race, coming in at $113,000.

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Capuano told supporters "America is going to be OK" and said Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and MA will be well served".

The 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state where minorities comprise a majority of the population.

The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign.

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