Longtime Dem loses to left-wing challenger in primary upset

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In a shocking upset with national reverberations, upstart Ayanna Pressley defeated longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in a primary fight being watched across the country. He also had the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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

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For Pressley, as with many other ascendant candidates of color, unabashedly progressive credentials smoothed her path to victory in the primary.

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Recent polls had shown Capuano leading, and he was was ahead in both fundraising - $1.7 million compared to Pressley's almost $900,000 - and in cash on hand, $750,000 to $131,000, through August 15, the end of the pre-primary reporting period. The race for Capuano's seat was less about policy issues than representation - Massachusett's 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state with more non-whites than whites.

During the race, Capuano raised $1.73m to Pressley's $890,000, actively campaigning against her and even cancelling his vacation as soon as he heard she was running.

Pressley represents the latest underdog candidate to have emerged to challenge both establishment Democrats and Republicans.

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Pressley is backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the leftist socialist who defeated Crowley in NY on a message of pushing to "Abolish ICE". "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and MA will be well served". She ousted 10-term New York Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary in June.

Ms Pressley argued she would bring new energy and awareness of the needs in the state's only congressional district where a majority of residents are not white. "I voted for Pressley because she has and will challenge polices", she said.

"Our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man", Pressley told supporters on Tuesday night.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, cheered the outcome on Twitter on Tuesday night.

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