Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council and a self-described candidate of change, has toppled U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, a 10-term incumbent, in an intra-party tussle that garnered national attention. "I am so humbled to be standing before you tonight, victorious".
With no Republican on November's ballot for the district, Pressley is all but guaranteed to make history as the first black congresswoman from MA.
Before the Associated Press and other news outlets called the race Tuesday night, Capuano conceded the election to Pressley in front of a crowd of supporters at a hotel in his hometown of Somerville as voting results began making the final outcome increasingly clear.
"This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy", she told reporters.
"I'm sorry it didn't work out but this is life and this is OK". However, the 7th District race wasn't drawn along ideological fault lines.
"While our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man", the conditions which have made [MA-07] one of most unequal in America was cemented through policy long before he ever descended the escalator in Trump Tower", the Boston City councilor said.
During a public hearing in 2011, Pressley revealed that she had been raped while she was a student at Boston University. She was the first serious challenger to Capuano since he took office in the late 1990s. As she said often on the campaign trail, the Chicago native repeated Tuesday night that "the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power".
Pressley conceded throughout the race that there was little policy daylight between her and Capuano, though she did go further than him by calling for the abolishment of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency.
"I am a survivor of sexual assault while a college student, " Pressley said at the City Council meeting. i "Mine is a truth shared by 17.7 million American women". Gonzalez served as secretary of administration and finance under Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.
U.S. Representative Richard Neal, the 69-year-old ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee now in his 15th two-year term, held off a challenge by 44-year-old lawyer Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is Muslim and has been endorsed by Our Revolution, a progressive group that grew out of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 Democratic presidential campaign. "I'm looking forward to fighting alongside her in Congress".