Boston City Council, Ayanna Pressley, beat a ten term incumbent to win the Democratic nomination for a seat on the US House of Representatives. Her win Tuesday, night the latest in a string of primary victories by younger, more diverse Democratic candidates against established rivals before the November 6th election.
>> You, your families and friends, neighbors all demanded, expected, and deserved more. You saw what I saw, that these times demanded more from our leaders and from our party. That these times demanded an approach to governing that was bold, uncompromising and unafraid. That with our rights under assault, with our freedoms under seige, that it's not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power, but it matters who those Democrats are.
>> Her campaign triumph echoing that of New York Candidate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A self-described Democratic socialist who never held elected office, yet managed to defeat another ten term incumbent.>> It was really grass roots organizing. We knocked on doors that had never been knocked on before.>> Ocasio-Cortez has campaigned for other progressive candidates and endorsed Pressley.
Pressley took on US Representative, Michael Capuano, who had not faced a primary challenge since he was first elected in 1998. Capuano quickly endorsed Pressley.>> This is okay. America is going to be okay. Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that Massachusetts will be well served.
>> There is no Republican candidate in the heavily Democratic Boston district. Which means in all likelihood, Pressley will become the first black woman elected to represent Massachusetts in the US House of Representatives.