On Tuesday, Ayanna Pressley defeated 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for the Seventh Congressional District of Massachusetts. Since she will not face a Republican opponent during the November midterm elections, Pressley is poised to become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress.
The upset victory surprised many. When she learned that she had won her race, Pressley herself was taken aback. In a reaction video that has since gone viral, Pressley’s eyes widen, she puts a hand on he necklace and asks “We won?”
After the news set in, Pressley stepped onto a stage in Dorchester to give her victory speech. “It is time to show Washington D.C., both my fellow Democrats, who I hope will stand with us, and the Republicans who stand in our way, and to everyone in the Seventh Congressional District, that change isn’t waiting any longer,” she said to a crowd of her supporters. “We are going to rise. Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us.”
Pressley also called President Donald Trump “a racist, misogynist, truly empathy bankrupt man.”
According to FiveThirtyEight, Capuano spent $1.7 million throughout his re-election campaign but Pressley spent just $767,000. Capuano had not faced a primary challenger since he first won his nomination in 1998 reports the BBC.
While Pressley’s victory over Capuano — a staunchly liberal Somerville native who has held his seat…
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