In primary stunner, challenger unseats incumbent Democratic Rep. Capuano in MA

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"Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman", he said. Her victory comes just two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez similarly defeated a top House leader in a primary for a NY congressional seat. Capuano conceded Tuesday evening.

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.

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a MA primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman-especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District. Joe Crowley in NY in June, appeared at a fundraiser with Pressley.

Without a republican on the ballot this Fall, the 44-year-old is nearly guaranteed to become the state's first African-American congresswoman.

Pressley told her supporters her win was a shot across the bow not only of establishment politics but of the Democratic Party itself and demonstrated a desire for governing that is "bold, uncompromising and unafraid".

Ediger said she sees eye-to-eye with Wu on numerous issues, but also wants to see a change in the Democratic Party.

Capuano picked up a number of key endorsements, including the other six Massachusetts House members, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon. She also had the backing of the state's attorney general, Maura Healey.

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"Voters might be hesitant to move on from Capuano after his years of experience and the seniority he has accumulated in Congress", according to the Globe editorial. The race for Capuano's seat was less about policy issues than representation - Massachusett's 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state with more non-whites than whites.

During the race, Capuano raised $1.73m to Pressley's $890,000, actively campaigning against her and even cancelling his vacation as soon as he heard she was running. She beat the incumbent congressman handily.

In a video posted by her close friend Jesse Mermell, Pressley stands up in seeming disbelief.

Another veteran congressman, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, won a spirited primary showdown with Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a black attorney from Springfield who had hoped to become the first Muslim to serve in Congress from MA.

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

Keating will take on Republican Peter Tedeschi in November.

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