Powerful Incumbent Loses Mass. Democratic Primary

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

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

She and Ocasio-Cortez both defeated older, white congressmen who were reliable liberal votes, but who didn't look like many voters in their districts.

Ediger said she sees eye-to-eye with Wu on numerous issues, but also wants to see a change in the Democratic Party. She'll face Geoff Diehl, a state representative who served as co-chair of Trump's 2016 campaign in the state and defeated two other Republicans for his party's nomination. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good Congresswoman and MA will be well served". I'm just as upset as they are, but so be it. REUTERS/Brian SnyderA sample ballot, including the Republican race for Governor between incumbent Charlie Baker and challenger Scott Lively, is posted outside a polling station on the day of the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

One of the closest watched races was longtime democratic incumbent Congressman Michael Capuano, who lost his seat to Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

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

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The prospect of a Pressley upset had drawn some comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defeat of Crowley in June.

In 2009 she became the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council.

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.

She also referred to President Donald Trump as "a racist, misogynist, truly empathy bankrupt man" and hit out at wealth inequality in her seventh congressional district.

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Ocasio-Cortez said the new crop of left-leaning Democrats would stick closely to their priorities, which mirror those of the minority communities they represent.

"It seems like change is on the way", Pressley told her supporters to rousing applause Tuesday night.

Another major upset of a Democratic congressman took place in MA on Tuesday night.

With 13 percent of precincts reporting, Keating led businessman Bill Cimbrelo 86 percent to 14 percent when the AP called the race.

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In a recent interview at Tacos El Paso, a Mexican restaurant in Everett, she said she'd long idolized Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, pioneering Democrats who were among the first black women in Congress. "We believe that people in public life can, and should, debate the issues respectfully and seek common ground whenever possible".

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