Watch the moment Ayanna Pressley learned she won the primary race

05 September, 2018, 13:10 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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A 10-term Democratic congressman has conceded defeat to a Boston city councillor who is now poised to become Massachusetts' first black congresswoman in a race with parallels to a NY upset that rattled the party in June.

"This is not just about resisting and affronting Trump", Pressley said, per the Times.

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

During the race, Capuano raised $1.73m to Pressley's $890,000, actively campaigning against her and even cancelling his vacation as soon as he heard she was running.

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Pressley will now represent the seat that in earlier forms was held by John F. Kennedy and Tip O'Neill.




Stunning news out of the MA primary this evening, where 10-term incumbent House member Michael Capuano has been defeated for re-election by Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley. Pressley is making history; she will become the first African-American Massachusetts voters have sent to the US House of Representatives. "And a reliable vote is not good enough".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, cheered the outcome on Twitter on Tuesday night. There are no Republicans on the November ballot.

The piece goes on to quote her about how she plans to lay out a leftist agenda, and not just provide "resisting and affronting" to President Donald Trump. In 2009, she was the first woman of colour ever elected to the Boston City Council.

Rep. William Keating easily fended off a challenge from his left in his bid for a fifth term.

Moments after her rival - 10-term Rep. Baker will face Democrat Jay Gonzalez in November. Plus, he had received the backing of local party officials, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and even from Deval Patrick, the state's first African-American governor. "We believe that people in public life can, and should, debate the issues respectfully and seek common ground whenever possible". Both contended that Baker's support among voters was soft and that his administration had failed to make significant strides in many areas, particularly the problems plaguing the Boston-area transit system known as the "T".

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