Ayanna Pressley’s Reaction To Her Historic Victory Is Everything

05 September, 2018, 15:40 | Author: Dave Hampton
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Ms. Pressley, the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council, challenged Mr. Capuano from the left and on style and identity, in a pattern similar to the upset victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earlier this summer in NY.

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

She served as former Secretary of State John Kerry's political director when he was a US senator and became the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council in 2009. Because of a Boston city election rule, Garrison's finish may be just enough to shimmy her way in to the council. Capuano may have had the name recognition, but Pressley had the momentum.

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.

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It is the only in the state to have a majority non-white population.

Hillary Clinton carried the district by 72 points in 2016. "I knew we would find no favor with the Democratic establishment both here at home and in Washington".

Pressley's win echoes the June primary in a safely Democratic New York City congressional district, where first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a 10-term incumbent, sparking enthusiasm for progressive candidates across the United States. She also worked for former senator John Kerry.

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Capuano is now the fourth House lawmaker to lose re-election in a 2018 midterm primary, following Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).

"We have to be disruptive in our democracy and our policymaking and how we run and win elections", she said in an interview this summer with The Associated Press, adding that Ocasio-Cortez's victory challenged "narratives about who has a right to run and when, and who can win" in American politics.

Rep. William Keating easily fended off a challenge from his left in his bid for a fifth term. He was added to the GOP "Contenders" list, the second of three levels in the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program in August.

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