Watch the moment Ayanna Pressley learned she won the primary race

05 September, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Mary Valdez
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She was raised by her single mother, Sandra Pressley, on the north side of Chicago while her father, Martin Pressley, battled addiction and spent much of her childhood in prison.

She ousted 10-term New York Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary in June.

After Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory, national focus turned to Greater Boston, with questions about whether Pressley could repeat the script against Capuano.

Pressley's win was the latest in a streak of victories by younger, more racially diverse Democratic candidates against established rivals ahead of the November 6 election when Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives to serve as a more effective foil to Trump's agenda.

There was little difference on issues between Ms. Pressley, 44, and Mr. Capuano, 66, but Ms. Pressley played up her potential appeal to the party's emergent progressive wing.

Pressley is poised to become the state's first black woman in Congress.

"I've been told to wait my turn", Pressley said at a campaign event earlier this year.

Warren thanked Capuano for his decades of public service Tuesday night and said she was looking forward to working with Pressley in Washington, D.C.

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Pressley is all but certain to become the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November.

Other Massachusetts Democratic incumbents held off challengers.

Neal, the dean of the state's House delegation, first was elected in 1989.

Kennedy, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen.

Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, is retiring at the end of this term, and that open seat touched off a political scramble with 10 candidates on the Democratic primary ballot. And he positioned himself as fervently anti-Donald Trump ― refusing to attend the president's inauguration past year, voting twice in support of impeaching him and frequently calling him out on Twitter. 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. "People of every walk of life".

Neither Gonzales nor his primary opponent Democrat Robert Massie, a longtime political and environmental activist, was well-known outside party activist circles.

A piece in profiling Pressley's race after Ocasio-Cortez's victory this summer noted the similarities between their two campaigns.


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