Ayanna Pressley defeats Michael Capuano in MA U.S. House race

Ayanna Pressley defeats Michael Capuano in MA U.S. House race

Pressley's win was the latest in a streak of victories by younger, more racially diverse Democratic candidates against established rivals ahead of the November 6 election when Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives to serve as a more effective foil to Trump's agenda. In a concession speech on Tuesday night, he said: "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman".

Pressley has bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in her campaign.

During the race, Capuano raised $1.73m to Pressley's $890,000, actively campaigning against her and even cancelling his vacation as soon as he heard she was running.

Ms. Pressley becomes the second Democrat to.

However, Pressley, who was Capuano's first primary challenger since he took office, argued that leadership wasn't just about one's voting record. "I will tell you MA will be well served, and with that I'm simply going to say thank you before I go home".

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Pressley is backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the leftist socialist who defeated Crowley in NY on a message of pushing to "Abolish ICE".

Her victory marks the latest win for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party this election cycle, and the latest win for a minority and female candidate over an incumbent or establishment favorite, following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shocking win over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) earlier this summer and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's (D) recent gubernatorial primary upset of former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL). "I voted for Pressley because she has and will challenge polices", she said.

Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday night tweeted a selfie of both women together and wrote, 'In June, I won my primary. And Pressley has called the New Yorker "my sister in change".

She was raised by her single mother, Sandra Pressley, on the north side of Chicago while her father, Martin Pressley, battled addiction and spent much of her childhood in prison. But she made her background a major part of the race, highlighting the importance of boosting diversity in the Democratic Party, talking about her own experience with sexual assault, and regularly calling for more "bold, activist leadership". Her platform promotes progressive ideas like Medicare-for-all, debt-free college and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.