Progressive upstart Ayanna Pressley defeats incumbent in Massachusetts Democratic primary

Fredrick Soto
September 5, 2018

Everett CapuanoBoston Globe endorses progressive challenger vying for Ocasio-Cortez-style upset of Dem lawmaker Pelosi sees defections from an unusual quarter - the left The Hill's Morning Report - Trump heads to NY to shore-up GOP districts MORE (D-Mass.) - conceded the primary race in his Boston-area district, Pressley told supporters that the president is a "racist" and "empathy-bankrupt" individual.

It's not entirely clear how she and her staff learned the news.

Pressley has bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in her campaign.

A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. "Oh my god. Oh my god", Pressley said through tears.

With no Republicans on the ticket in Tuesday's nominating primary, Ms Pressley is all but certain to succeed Mr Capuano in Washington in November's congressional elections.

A part of the wave of women of color breaking into traditionally white positions of power across the country, Pressley's win echoed that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's over the longtime representative Joe Crowley in NY, and the ascent of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who - if she wins - will become the first African American female governor in United States history. "And a reliable vote is not good enough".

Keating will take on Republican Peter Tedeschi in November.

The Chicago-raised activist faces no Republican rival for the district, leaving her free to focus on President Donald Trump.

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. Neal, the dean of the state's House delegation, first was elected in 1989. Kennedy, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen.

Palfrey was endorsed by delegates to the Democratic state convention earlier this year. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.; Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and fellow 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. And black politicians in three states - Florida, Georgia and Maryland - have won the Democratic nomination for governor, a historic turn for a country that has elected just two black governors in USA history. Both contended that Baker's support among voters was soft and that his administration had failed to make significant strides in many areas, particularly the problems plaguing the Boston-area transit system known as the "T".

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