The Wall Street Journal: Democratic activist Ayanna Pressley ousts 10-term Massachusetts congressman in primary


Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who ran as a progressive activist, ousted 10-term Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano Tuesday in a Massachusetts House primary.

Capuano conceded the race to Pressley on Tuesday night, though the Associated Press had yet to declare a winner in the race.

Pressley becomes the second Democrat to beat an incumbent House member in a 2018 primary. She rode energy from the party’s resistance to President Donald Trump to topple Capuano, who Federal Election Commission records show raised about twice as much money as she did.

With no Republican or minor-party candidates on the district’s general election ballot, Pressley will enter Congress in January as the first African-American House member from Massachusetts. Pressley, 44, said the district, where racial minorities make up 58% of residents, deserved a candidate who would be on the front lines of the progressive resistance and one who better reflected the population of the district.

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