"But Pressley is a proven advocate with an understanding of the needs of the district, and she would be a fresh voice in Congress. Pressley represents the present of the 7th District and the future of the Democratic Party".
The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign.
"To the many families like my own, it felt like it was us against the world, that felt government didn't represent us and didn't see us, change can't wait".
Congressman Michael Capuano (D- MA) conceded defeat tonight in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 7th district tonight. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker - both heavily favored to win re-election - both got general election opponents.
Pressley defeated a similarly left-leaning incumbent, which could temper any potential discord around her arrival in Congress, said Joshua Dyck, a professor of political science at the University of MA at Lowell. We should all be inspired by her passion and her talents.
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Capuano was the only Democratic incumbent in MA to lose a primary Tuesday night, with three others easily fending off challenges from the left.
Pressley has already broken ground, being the first woman of color to be elected to the city council in its over 100-year-old history back in 2009.
No poll showed her beating Capuano.
"It's about who I listen to and it's about who I govern with".
Capuano, a 20-year incumbent, was one of the most progressive members of Congress. She just defeated a 10 term establishment Democrat and did it on her own terms with a progressive platform of real change.
Mike Capuano has just conceded to challenger Ayanna Pressley at his campaign headquarters in Somerville.
Pressley's campaign railed against "structural racism", and in her victory speech, she told supporters that her win was "for those who don't see themselves reflected in politics and government".
"That is the real victory, that is bigger than any electoral victory", Pressley concluded. I want to congratulate you, Councilor Pressley, for a well-fought fight.