Ayanna Pressley's Surprise Upset Shows Women Of Color's Power In Democratic Politics

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"It's not enough for Democrats to be back in power", she said at her election night celebration.

"Clearly the district wanted a lot of change", Mr Capuano told supporters on Tuesday as he conceded.

Trump has angered Democrats with comments describing immigrants as criminals, attacks on black professional athletes protesting against racism and Twitter slaps at female politicians. In 2009, she was the first woman of colour ever elected to the Boston City Council. She argued that she was more attuned to the needs of the state's only congressional district where a majority of residents are not white.

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.

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"This is life and this is OK".

Pressley was likely aided by the demographics of the 7th district, which cuts a north-south swathe through the city of Boston and includes the suburbs of Chelsea, Everett, and Somerville - where Capuano served as mayor for nine years in the 1990s.

She was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of NY in June. "I knew we would find no favor with the Democratic establishment both here at home and in Washington". From Andrew Gillum in Florida to Beto O'Rourke in Texas, the results suggest a shift towards a bolder, progressive agenda in stark contrast - and a reaction to - the managerialism of Hillary Clinton's last campaign.

During the campaign, Capuano touted his credentials as an "unabashed liberal", but he found himself competing with Pressley over who was the more progressive candidate.

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Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighborhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways". Moments later, her husband hugs her and she breaks down in tears.

That wave of change sweeping Pressley into Congress could help the incoming freshmen overcome her low spot on the political totem pole, said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson, who helped Seth Moulton win over incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in 2014.

"I have been really furious about the constant charges being lobbed against me about identity politics that, by the way, are only lobbed against women and candidates of color", she said in one debate.

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