Everett CapuanoBoston Globe endorses progressive challenger vying for Ocasio-Cortez-style upset of Dem lawmaker Pelosi sees defections from an unusual quarter - the left The Hill's Morning Report - Trump heads to NY to shore-up GOP districts MORE (D-Mass.) - conceded the primary race in his Boston-area district, Pressley told supporters that the president is a "racist" and "empathy-bankrupt" individual. With no Republicans running for the seat in November, Pressley is poised to become the first woman of color from MA to serve in the US House.
She is expected to coast to victory in November as there is no Republican on the ballot. In 2009, she was the first woman of colour ever elected to the Boston City Council. And while national progressives including Ocasio-Cortez rallied to her side, she had some strong local institutional support as well, including an endorsement from the Boston Globe.
Republicans didn't run a candidate in the heavily Republican Boston-based district, and Pressley is all but guaranteed to join the next Congress.
The piece goes on to quote her about how she plans to lay out a leftist agenda, and not just provide "resisting and affronting" to President Donald Trump.
An African-American woman pulled off an upset victory in a Democratic primary contest against a 10-term entrenched male incumbent in Boston, the latest sign that insurgent United States candidates from the left are gaining ground.
The race was viewed as another referendum on politics as usual, with the younger and more energetic Pressley defeating a powerful incumbent, the latest in a line of similar upsets across the country.
Ayanna Pressley applauds in front of her supporters during primary day on September 4, 2018 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
"Our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man", Pressley, 44, told supporters on Tuesday night.
Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.
Ms Pressley argued she would bring new energy and awareness of the needs in the state's only congressional district where a majority of residents are not white.
Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighbourhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways".
Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District.