6 things to know about rising-star Democrat Ayanna Pressley

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In making his concession remarks, Capuano told his campaign team, "I will tell you Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and I will tell you that MA is going to be well served".

During the campaign, Capuano touted his credentials as an "unabashed liberal", but he found himself competing with Pressley over who was the more progressive candidate.

Ayanna Pressley, poised to be the first black woman to represent MA in Congress, canceled a campaign event the day after her groundbreaking victory due to health reasons. She leant on her identity, and argued that, as a black woman, she was more fitting to represent her ethnically diverse district. John Kerry and Rep.

The air was electric and full of voters yelling "change can't wait" in a Boston union hall, as they celebrated the unseating of a 10-term congressman by a 44-year-old African American Boston city councilor. It includes both Cambridge's Kendall Square - development there is booming - and the neighborhood of Roxbury, the center of Boston's traditionally black community.

She enjoyed a boost in the race's final weeks thanks to endorsements from both Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey - who has made a name for herself by suing the Trump administration - as well as the Boston Globe, the state's paper of record.

Ms Pressley's victory comes two months after a similar win against a 10-term opponent by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY.

And in MA, primary voters headed to the polls Tuesday.

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Hillary Clinton carried the district by 72 points in 2016.

The 7th District is heavily Democratic, and Pressley is now expected to coast to victory in November.

"We did everything we could do to get this done", Capuano said Tuesday night, according to WBZ NewsRadio in Boston.

Elsewhere in the state, Congressmen Joe Kennedy, 37, won a comfortable victory in his primary and fellow Democrat Richard Neal, 69, fended off a younger challenger.

With all precincts reporting, Pressley topped Capuano by about 17 percentage points overall - 58.6 percent to 41.4 percent - per the unofficial results.

The incumbent, who has held the seat for nearly 30 years, had a heavy financial advantage, raising $2.5 million through August 15 to Amatul-Wadud's $113,000.

The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign. How closely existing Democratic leaders will take note is yet to be determined.

Rep. Stephen F. Lynch easily won his Democratic primary Tuesday in his bid for a ninth full term.

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