Ayanna Pressley defeats Michael Capuano in MA U.S. House race

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Boston City Council member Ayana Pressley (D) has knocked off 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), the latest progressive insurgent to topple an establishment favorite in a primary this election cycle.

A part of the wave of women of color breaking into traditionally white positions of power across the country, Pressley's win echoed that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's over the longtime representative Joe Crowley in NY, and the ascent of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who - if she wins - will become the first African American female governor in U.S. history.

Facing an uphill battle against Capuano ― a poll for radio station WBUR showed her trailing him by 13 percentage points a month ago ― Pressley campaigned on the need to change the House's status quo.

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She was endorsed by fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of NY in June.

"I've been told to wait my turn", Pressley said at a campaign event earlier this year.

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There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January.

A survivor of sexual assault at Boston University and during her childhood, Pressley has been a vocal supporter of victims of sexual violence since long before the #MeToo movement.

"We will vote the same way, but I will lead differently", she said in a recent debate.

"This wasn't a battle between a conservative and a liberal, they were both progressives in very good standing", said Peter Ubertaccio, a professor of political science at Stonehill College outside Boston. He raised twice as much money as Pressley. But she made her background a major part of the race, highlighting the importance of boosting diversity in the Democratic Party, talking about her own experience with sexual assault, and regularly calling for more "bold, activist leadership".

Other Massachusetts Democratic incumbents held off challengers. And he positioned himself as fervently anti-Donald Trump ― refusing to attend the president's inauguration previous year, voting twice in support of impeaching him and frequently calling him out on Twitter. The race focused less on substantive policy differences and more on whether voters wanted a change in the district.

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