Progressive Defeats Longtime Dem House Incumbent In Boston

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Pressley beat out Garrison for an at-large council seat a year ago, but come January, Pressley likely will be trading her City Hall office for one in Washington, D.C.

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.

Pressley is likely to become the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November, since there are no Republican candidates in the race. Everett CapuanoPressley blasts Trump as "racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt" Ocasio-Cortez congratulates "sister in service" Pressley after Mass. primary win Capuano falls to Democratic challenger Pressley in Mass. primary MORE (D-Mass.).

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley greeted family, friends and supporters after beating Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

They moved to Brooklyn, and Pressley attended Boston University from 1992 to 1994, but left school to work full time at a hotel to support her mother. Pressley argued in her campaign that Capuano represents an old guard of politics, and it's time for a change.

Pressley is the first woman of color ever to serve on Boston's City Council, and is set to break another barrier, becoming the first woman of color to serve in its congressional delegation.

However, there are significant differences between the two races.

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When the 44-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party heard the results, she just couldn't believe it.

Pressley represents the latest underdog candidate to have emerged to challenge both establishment Democrats and Republicans.

Polls and political analysts predict the state's nine House of Representatives seats will remain in Democratic hands, along with the seat held by US Senator Elizabeth Warren, often cited as a possible 2020 White House contender.

"The Democratic base is extremely diverse and the representatives they have in Congress are not almost as diverse as the constituency", said Joshua Dyck, a professor of political science at the University of MA at Lowell.

Ayanna Pressley applauds in front of her supporters during primary day on September 4, 2018 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

MA senator Elizabeth Warren, a favourite to run in the 2020 Presidential election, was uncontested for the state's Democratic nomination.

Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.

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