Ayanna Pressley, The supported by Ocasio-Cortez, bother Michael Capuano in the Massachusetts house primary

Ayanna Pressley, right, upset 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primaries Tuesday night.

(AP, file)

Boston Ayanna Pressley unseated 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primaries on Tuesday in the latest shakeup of the house Democratic caucus, by a far-left Challenger for the city Council.

To represent Capuano defeat to Pressley in the race, Massachusetts’ 7. District, about 30 minutes before The Associated Press formally as the race. With 69 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Pressley took the lead through 10,682 votes.

Pressley, who is running unopposed in November, the first African-American woman in Congress, elected from the Commonwealth.

Capuano is losing the fourth house member to be a primary this year, along with repeats. Robert Pittenger, R-N. C.; Mark Sanford, R-S. C., and fellow 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley, D-NY

The prospect of a Pressley upset had drawn some comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeat of Crowley in June. The New York democratic socialist Pressley had endorsed, like Our Revolution, the offshoot of Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

However, in contrast to Crowley, Capuano had a hotly contested Massachusetts race by racking up endorsements, participation in debates and the highlighting of his consistently liberal voting record in one of the most Democratic districts in a traditionally Democratic state.

And unlike Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political newcomer, the 44-year-old Pressley has a track record in Massachusetts’ halls of power. She served as a former Secretary of State, John Kerry, the political head, when he was elected a U.S. senator and the first black woman was to the Boston City Council in 2009.

Ayanna Pressley celebrated their victory with the Fans on Tuesday evening.


Greeting voters in Boston’s polling place earlier Tuesday, Pressley spoke of “the ground is shifting, what is under our feet and the wind in our backs.”

“This is a battle for the soul of the party and the future of our democracy,” she told reporters. “This is a revolutionary candidacy, a grass-roots coalition. It is wide and varied and deep. People from every walk of life.”

Pressley Medicare has supported-for-all ” and called for defunding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

She was probably supported by the demographics of the 7. The district, which cuts a North-South swath through the city of Boston, and includes parts of the neighbouring Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Milton, and Somerville — where Capuano served as mayor for nine years in the 1990s.


State legislators in the district referred to as the first majority-minority district in the state of Massachusetts. Only a third of the population is white, with black, Hispanics and Asians, the Constitution, and most of the other two-thirds.

However, Pressley had trembled at the thought that race was a dominant theme in your election campaign.

“I was really angry about the constant accusations lobbed against me about “identity politics” that said, by the way, are only lobbed against women and candidates of color”, you are in a debate. “I’m black and a woman, and a tremendous beam power, proud to be both, but that’s not the entirety of my identity.”

The competition also formed a clear demarcation between Boston, democratic, political and media elite. The city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, campaigned with Capuano in the last days of the race. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, a grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, endorsed the incumbent, calling him “a man who is not afraid of steep odds or hard truths.”


Pressley was supported by state Attorney General Maura Healey, of the repeated Trump administration of the policy urged on immigration, gun ownership and other issues. It was also supported by The Boston Globe, which called it “the future of the Democratic party.”

The last time the incumbent Democratic house member in Massachusetts, the primary school was lost in the year 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, brought considerable personal baggage to the campaign.

Fox News, Gregg Re, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular