Ayanna Pressley defeats Michael Capuano in MA U.S. House race

05 September, 2018, 15:39 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Bipartisanship or Caving In

Pressley joins a growing slate of minority women Democrats running in the November 6 midterm elections, including New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who scored a similar upset over a long-time incumbent, and Minnesota state Representative Ilhan Omar, set to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

It's not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston - a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump.

Her background is more like Gillum's than Ocasio-Cortez's: She has a long career in Boston politics.

"Pressley, who became the first woman of color ever elected to the Boston City Council in 2009, has launched her own insurgent primary challenge in MA, taking on longtime Rep. Michael Capuano in the state's 7th Congressional District", Nik DeCosta-Klipa wrote.

In a video posted by her close friend Jesse Mermell, Pressley stands up in seeming disbelief.

"It seems like change is on the way", Pressley said in her celebratory speech.

With no Republican running for the Seventh District seat in the general election, Pressley is poised to become the first woman of color from MA to serve in the US House.

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However, there are significant differences between the two races.

"The Democratic Party might want to feature more women of color and more women in leadership positions, and she might have an easier track through that as a result", Mulcare said.

The 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state where minorities comprise a majority of the population.

"This is not just about resisting and affronting Trump", Pressley said, per the Times. No Republican candidates filed for the race that Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Solid Democratic. Joseph P. Kennedy II and former Sen.

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.

Another 10-term incumbent went down to defeat in a Democratic primary Tuesday night. According to her website, Amatul-Wadud's platform includes support for Medicare for all, opposing religious exemption laws, and promoting a path to citizenship for DREAMers.

However, unlike Crowley, Capuano had fiercely contested the MA race by racking up endorsements, attending debates and highlighting his consistently liberal voting record in one of the most Democratic districts in a traditionally Democratic state.

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