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Democratic Activist Ousts Incumbent Massachusetts Congressman in Primary

05 September 2018

He also had the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.

There is no Republican challenger in the November general election.

Brianna Wu is a co-founder of the video game company Giant Spacekat.

"It's not enough for Democrats to be back in power", she said at her election night celebration.

The 63-year-old Lynch is a former union ironworker and grew up in South Boston.

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Capuano conceded to Pressley a little more than an hour after polls closed.

Ayanna Pressley, 44, beat veteran politician Mike Capuano, 66, after mounting an insurgent campaign in MA 7th Congressional District. He raised twice as much money as Pressley. Pressley is making history; she will become the first African-American Massachusetts voters have sent to the US House of Representatives.

Pressley challenged Capuano, who has been in Congress since 1998, from the left, and the race drew comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory over Congressman Joe Crowley - particularly after Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley.

Her background is more like Gillum's than Ocasio-Cortez's: She has a long career in Boston politics.

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Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, is retiring at the end of this term, and that open seat touched off a political scramble with 10 candidates on the Democratic primary ballot.

The 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state where minorities comprise a majority of the population.

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.

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

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Democratic Activist Ousts Incumbent Massachusetts Congressman in Primary