Massachusetts Dem Goes After Trump Following Upset Win

Ten-term male Democrat falls to progressive black woman in Massachusetts primary

A Boston city councillor is set to become the first black woman to represent the state of MA in Congress after staging a major upset in a Democratic primary contest last night.

With no Republicans on the ticket in Tuesday's primary, Pressley is all but certain to succeed U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, 66.

Since she is running unopposed in November, Pressley will become the Commonwealth's first black woman elected to Congress. Zakim also picked up the Massachusetts Democratic Party's official endorsement.

Johanna Ediger of Quincy was among the voters hoping to oust an incumbent Tuesday night, casting her ballot for Lynch's opponent, Brianna Wu of Dedham.

Capuano was considered one of the most liberal members of the MA delegation, and Pressley had acknowledged she had few major policy quarrels with him.

She will head to Congress to represent the 7th District of MA, the Boston-area district once represented by John F. Kennedy.

They moved to Brooklyn, and Pressley attended Boston University from 1992 to 1994, but left school to work full time at a hotel to support her mother.

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Pressley was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. REUTERS/Brian SnyderDemocratic U.S Congressional candidate and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greets voters outside a polling station in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

Diehl defeated John Kingston, a businessman who once tried to fund a third-party challenge to Trump, and Beth Lindstrom, who served in Republican Gov. Mitt Romney's administration.

Pressley told supporters after her win that "change is on the way".

Another veteran congressman, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, won a spirited primary showdown with Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a black attorney from Springfield who had hoped to become the first Muslim to serve in Congress from MA.

Pressley, 44, has embraced expanding the Medicare federal health insurance program to cover all Americans and effectively abolishing the Immigrants and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

Pressley has been open about her background-her father was incarcerated for most of her youth and she is a survivor of sexual assault. "I'm saying that your vote is just one part of the job", she said.

"With so much at stake in the era of Trump, tonight's results make clear what Ayanna Pressley knew when she boldly launched her campaign against a ten-term incumbent: Change in the country and Congress can't wait", said Jim Dean, chair of the liberal group Democracy for America.

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