Across the U.S., younger, ethnically diverse candidates, many of them with far-left platforms, are reshaping the Democratic Party.
Notching yet another major upset win for the progressive movement over a corporate-funded establishment opponent, Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) Tuesday night in a landslide victory that provided further evidence of grassroots hunger for transformational change within the Democratic Party.
Pressley is now poised to become the only black member of Massachusetts' mostly male congressional delegation. Pressley defeated 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, who had been endorsed by nearly every major figure in the state's political establishment, including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the New York Times reports.
Pressley was scheduled to thank volunteers and supporters at her campaign headquarters Wednesday afternoon.
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The contest also formed sharp divides among Boston's Democratic political and media elite. This is Ayanna Pressley in her victory speech Tuesday night. She ran on a platform of abolishing ICE-that's the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency-and speaking for prisoners behind bars. "It's not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power but it matters who those Democrats are".
The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign.
The success of the insurgents could set the stage for intraparty conflict between the Democrats' rising left and more moderate congressmen such as Ohio's Representative Tim Ryan and Pennsylvania's newly elected Representative Conor Lamb. At the state level, plenty of other progressive women candidates have been quietly following suit, from Jillian Gilchrest in CT to Andrea Romero in New Mexico. "I know that wherever the pain exists, the solutions exist within that community as well".
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.
Pressley enjoyed an endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter. REUTERS/Brian SnyderA sample ballot, including the Republican race for Governor between incumbent Charlie Baker and challenger Scott Lively, is posted outside a polling station on the day of the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.