Ayanna Pressley upsets Michael Capuano in race for Congress

Ayanna Pressley upsets Michael Capuano in race for Congress

Rep. Michael Capuano, Massachusetts Democrat, conceded the race to challenger Ayanna Pressley in the state's only majority-minority district.

Dorchester resident Carla Monteiro, 35, voted for Pressley because, she said, she felt a strong connection to her history, and felt Pressley had a record of making change.

It's not entirely clear how she and her staff learned the news.

The Chicago-raised activist faces no Republican rival for the district that includes most of liberal Boston and its neighboring cities, leaving her free to focus on the Republican president.

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"This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy", Pressley said Tuesday while campaigning in the district.

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Ms. Pressley, the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council, challenged Mr. Capuano from the left and on style and identity, in a pattern similar to the upset victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earlier this summer in NY.

Amatul-Wadud, a mother of seven who touted her support for "Medicare for All" legislation, stumbled with an admission that, in 2012, she voted for Republican Scott P. Brown over Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Candidates for lieutenant governor run separately in the primary but in tandem with their party's gubernatorial nominee in the general election. She was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council in 2009. "She will serve the district well in Congress".

"The nature of the 44-year-old city councilor's [Pressley's] campaign - a woman of color taking on a white, male longtime congressman in a Democratic primary - drew immediate comparisons [to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign] Wednesday", he added. Neal, the dean of the state's House delegation, first was elected in 1989. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen.

Rep. William Keating easily fended off a challenge from his left in his bid for a fifth term. She ousted 10-term New York Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary in June.

"At a time when our country is having trouble finding common ground on so many issues, we in MA are the exception", Baker told supporters.

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