Cortez-Backed Candidate DEFEATS 10-Term Dem in Massachusetts — LURCHING LEFT

Bostonians cast their votes at the Another Course To College precinct on Nov. 7 2017 Staff

Tuesday night, Pressley, the first woman of color to win a Boston City Council seat, won the Democratic primary for Congress, beating out 10-term Democrat, Mike Capuano, with 53 percent of the vote.

She is poised to become the only black member of Massachusetts' mostly male congressional delegation.

Pressley enjoyed an endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter.

Ayanna Pressley didn't just upset Michael Capuano on Tuesday.

No Republican is on the ballot for the seventh congressional district race in November, so the Pressley will most likely be heading to Washington in 2019.

Capuano, a 20-year incumbent, was one of the most progressive members of Congress.

Liberal Democrats Andrew Gillum and Ben Jealous are vying to become the first black governors in Florida and Maryland, respectively, while Democrat Stacey Abrams would be the first black woman governor of any US state if elected in Georgia.

As of Wednesday morning, Lori Trahan held a 223-vote lead over Dan Koh, a former chief of staff for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, local media reported. "This is a fight for the future of our democracy", Pressley said at a recent canvassing event in Cambridge, CNN reported. "These times require and this district deserves bold, activist leadership".

One of their most significant differences was over the tactics of former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Unlike Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley did not argue that Capuano was too moderate.

Later during Pressley's victory party, her stepdaughter Cora stood in silence with tears rolling down her face as she listened to Pressley speak.

Pressley took on U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, who had not faced a primary challenge since he was first elected in 1998.

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.

Her father, Martin Pressley spent much of her childhood in jail. When I have said that the people closest to the pain should be the closest to the power, driving and informing the policy-making - that was never about me.

Secretary of state Bill Galvin - Massachusetts' longest-serving statewide official, in office since 1995 - fended off a Democratic primary challenge from Boston city councilor Josh Zakim, who conceded.

Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighbourhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways". "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman". "It runs the gamut".

Pressley's victory is indicative of the the broader success of female Democrats this election cycle.

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