Capuano was the only Democratic incumbent in MA to lose a primary Tuesday night, with three others easily fending off challenges from the left.
With no Republican on the ballot in November's midterm election, Pressley is now nearly certain to become the state's first black congresswoman. Everett CapuanoPressley blasts Trump as "racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt" Ocasio-Cortez congratulates "sister in service" Pressley after Mass. primary win Capuano falls to Democratic challenger Pressley in Mass. primary MORE (D-Mass.).
The road forward for soon-to-be U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley depends on how Democrats perform overall in the midterms and what image the party fashions itself into amid a surge in progressive energy that thrust the five-term Boston City Councilor into Congress, experts said.
Pressley may be considered an outsider by virtue of who she is.
"I knew we would be essentially, alone", Pressley said during her victory speech.
With her primary win in the safe Democratic seat, Pressley is now poised to become the state's first African-American elected to the House. Her father, Martin Pressley spent much of her childhood in jail. As FiveThirtyEight reports, a MA candidate has followed in the footsteps of the young Ocasio-Cortez with a surprising upset against a mainstream Democrat challenger on Tuesday evening.
State lawmakers designated the district as the first majority-minority district in MA.
"This is not just about resisting and affronting Trump", Pressley said, per the Times.
If Democrats take the House in November, the state delegation will be in line to lead two committees: the House Rules Committee with Rep. Jim McGovern and Ways and Means with Rep. Richard Neal.
She is expected to coast to victory in November as there is no Republican on the ballot.
The contest heated up after the 34-year-old Zakim won the endorsement of activists gathered at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention, beating the 67-year-old incumbent first elected to the office in 1994.