Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Democratic Activist Ousts Incumbent Massachusetts Congressman in Primary

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Lindsey Cook | 05 September, 2018, 13:11

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.

With no Republican on the ballot in November's midterm election, Pressley is now nearly certain to become the state's first black congresswoman. There are no Republicans on the November ballot. She also would be the first person of color to ever represent the state in Congress.

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

No Republican candidates filed for the race that Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Solid Democratic. She'll face Geoff Diehl, a state representative who served as co-chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign in the state and defeated two other Republicans for his party's nomination.

Pressley, 44, will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

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

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Sitting in the back of the IBEW in Dorchester, Pressley jumped up from her seat after a moment of shock, half-asking, half-stating, "We won?"

Democratic congressional nominee Ayanna Pressley took a shot at President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan defends Kaepernick: He didn't kneel "to disrespect our flag" Trump warns Syria against attack on rebel stronghold: "Don't let that happen" Omarosa celebrates second week on bestsellers list despite "hit-pieces" from Trump allies MORE in her victory speech on Tuesday night.

Pressley was long considered the underdog. "I voted for Pressley because she has and will challenge polices", she said.

But she also argued her case in part based on identity, saying last week that "representation does matter".

In a concession speech on Tuesday night, he said: "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman".

"The nature of the 44-year-old city councilor's [Pressley's] campaign - a woman of color taking on a white, male longtime congressman in a Democratic primary - drew immediate comparisons [to Ocasio-Cortez's campaign] Wednesday", he added.

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