Ayanna Pressley, a 44-year-old Boston city councilor and former Capitol Hill staffer, unseated 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano (D) in Tuesday's Massachusetts Democratic primary. Pressley's upset win, 59 percent to 41 percent, all but ensures that she will become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts, or any part of New England, in Congress; Republicans did not field a candidate in the solidly blue 7th Congressional District.
Pressley ran to Capuano's left on some issues, like abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and restoring voting rights to felons, but Capuano has one of the most liberal voting records in the House, especially on war and defense spending. "Clearly, the district wanted a lot of change," Capuano told supporters Tuesday night. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman." Pressley told supporters that "change is coming and the future belongs to all of us."
Capuano, 66, is the second Democrat and fourth incumbent House member unseated in a primary this election cycle, and his defeat is being compared to longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.)'s loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who backed Pressley in the race. The 7th District is the only majority-minority district in Massachusetts. Two other Massachusetts Democratic congressmen, Stephen Lynch and Richard Neal, handily fended off challenges Tuesday from female candidates running to their left. Peter Weber