Black Democrat takes aim at Trump after beating 10-term incumbent

Randal Sanchez
September 5, 2018

A 10-term Democratic congressman has conceded defeat to a Boston city councillor who is now poised to become Massachusetts' first black congresswoman in a race with parallels to a NY upset that rattled the party in June.

And unlike Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political neophyte, the 44-year-old Pressley has a track record in Massachusetts' halls of power.

Pressley was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican who regularly shows up in opinion polls as one of the most popular United States governors, is also expected to be re-elected.

Before Ayanna Pressley celebrated her triumph surrounded by dozens of supporters, a wave of shock hit her behind closed doors.

State lawmakers designated the district as the first majority-minority district in MA.

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Pressley, who represents the 7th district, one of Massachusetts' most diverse, has advocated for a progressive agenda, which includes abolishing ICE, increased mental health care services in schools and medicare for all.

Democrats in Florida picked liberal Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to run for Florida governor, while Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia is vying to become the first black woman to serve as governor of any US state.

Quentin Palfrey has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor in MA, ending comic Jimmy Tingle's bid to shift from political humor to political office.

No Republican is on the ballot for the seventh congressional district race in November, so the Pressley will most likely be heading to Washington in 2019. Neal, the dean of the state's House delegation, first was elected in 1989. Joseph P. Kennedy II and former Sen. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyPressley blasts Trump as "racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt" Ocasio-Cortez congratulates "sister in service" Pressley after Mass. primary win Capuano falls to Democratic challenger Pressley in Mass. primary MORE (N.Y.).

The Weston resident won his party's nomination on Tuesday by defeating Tingle, a longtime comedian and social activist. Baker will face Democrat Jay Gonzalez in November.

Capuano was endorsed by prominent MA figures, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, the state's first black governor. "We believe that people in public life can, and should, debate the issues respectfully and seek common ground whenever possible".

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