History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

Ayanna Pressley gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering on Sept. 4 2018 in Boston Massachusetts.                        Getty

Ayanna Pressley gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering on Sept. 4 2018 in Boston Massachusetts. Getty

The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections. "We're doing something disruptive, challenging conventional wisdom, narratives and norms about who has a right to run, when you can run, and whether or not you can win".

"Activists and agitators have brought us to this very moment, " Pressley told cheering supporters Tuesday night. "We ran to make change ... and change is on the way". That scenario behind her, she'll now represent the 7th Congressional District - the first in MA where minorities make up a majority of the voting population. The Democrat ran unchallenged in the general election after she unseated the incumbent, 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, in a seemingly improbable upset that was all part of a larger "Blue wave" of Black women candidates winning primaries across the country.

Kennedy is returning to Congress for a fourth term representing the 4th district, which covers mostly southern MA.

Pressley, 44, had received an endorsement from former President Barack Obama last month, and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in September.

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The Boston City Council member first broke barriers in 2009, when she became the first woman of color elected to that body.

In the run-up to the midterms, Pressley held off on saying where she stands on Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats' embattled House leader.

Capuano, who is white, is a native of Somerville, but at the same time, did not look like the rest of the district. She was especially nonplussed by how the Democratic Party hadn't been rallying around her.

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