Ayanna Pressley Defeats 20-Year Incumbent Mike Capuano in MA Democratic Primary Upset
In a major upset, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeated ten-term Congressman Michael Capuano in a Massachusetts House primary on Tuesday night. With no Republican running in the general election, Pressley is expected to become the first black woman to represent the state in Congress. Capuano is the second Democrat to lose a primary battle in 2018, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated New York Congressman Joe Crowley in June. Pressley challenged Capuano from the left, and the race attracted national attention from journalists seeking out the next potential Ocasio-Cortez – particularly after the Queens politician endorsed Pressley hours after her own upset victory. The two women shared campaign staff and appeared together at a campaign fundraiser.