Monday, 24 September, 2018

Progressive Defeats Longtime Dem House Incumbent In Boston

Secretary of State William Galvin fends off challenger Josh Zakim Progressive Defeats Longtime Dem House Incumbent In Boston
| 05 September, 2018, 15:39

"Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good Congresswoman and MA is going to be well served", Capuano said in his concession speech.

Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-year incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional District race in June.

Plus, he had received the backing of local party officials, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and even from Deval Patrick, the state's first African-American governor.

Tuesday night, Pressley, the first woman of color to win a Boston City Council seat, won the Democratic primary for Congress, beating out 10-term Democrat, Mike Capuano, with 53 percent of the vote.

For Pressley, as with many other ascendant candidates of color, unabashedly progressive credentials smoothed her path to victory in the primary.

In a speech after her win, Ms Pressley said: "Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us".

But here was Ayanna Pressley, a Boston City Council member and rising Democratic star, exhorting volunteers in a Cambridge restaurant with an impassioned performance style she learned as a child at her grandfather's storefront Baptist church in Chicago. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat.


"These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".

State lawmakers designated the district as the first majority-minority district in MA.

Amatul-Wadud, a mother of seven who touted her support for "Medicare for All" legislation, stumbled with an admission that, in 2012, she voted for Republican Scott P. Brown over Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Ms Pressley on Twitter and said the two had bonded over having people doubt their capability and experience. Joseph P. Kennedy II and former Sen.

The contest heated up after the 34-year-old Zakim won the endorsement of activists gathered at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention, beating the 67-year-old incumbent first elected to the office in 1994.

An African-American woman pulled off an upset victory in a Democratic primary contest against a 10-term entrenched male incumbent in Boston, the latest sign that insurgent United States candidates from the left are gaining ground.

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