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

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"Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us", Pressley told wildly cheering supporters Tuesday night.

"I'm influenced by my lived experience, but also the people I listen to and work with every day", she said. In fact, Pressley was the first black woman elected to the city's council and now, running unopposed, will be the first black woman MA sends to Congress.

She will head to Congress to represent the 7th District of MA, the Boston-area district once represented by John F. Kennedy.

Pressley challenged Capuano, who has been in Congress since 1998, from the left, and the race drew comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory over Congressman Joe Crowley - particularly after Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley.

Pressley is not quite so much an outsider as Ocasio-Cortez. "What I know is that politicians manage government, visionaries lead a commonwealth and what we have at the top of this ticket is a visionary who will innovate, who will be bold, which is what these time require and what our Commonwealth deserves", she said referring to Gonzalez. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and MA will be well served".

Voters who've participated in the races since President Trump's election haven't been sending a message only to conservatives, but to Democrats, as well, when it comes to their desired demographics for the next body of Congress.

"There are so many reasons why so many believed - and might still believe - I have no business standing at this podium", she said at a Democratic Party event Wednesday. In 2009, she was the first woman of colour ever elected to the Boston City Council. She'll face Geoff Diehl, a state representative who served as co-chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign in the state and defeated two other Republicans for his party's nomination. However, Pressley had the endorsement of popular state Attorney General Maura Healey. "Many would just say: Your job is the vote". "It matters who those Democrats are".

In the secretary of state race, we saw another challenge to the establishment in a sometimes-fiery contest between longtime incumbent Bill Galvin and energetic challenger Josh Zakim.

Capuano voted against the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, and supported Medicare-for-all and sanctuary cities long before they became mainstream ideas. She said she ran to represent those traditionally without a voice in politics who deserve to live in communities that are safe and have good schools.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take a majority in the House of Representatives, and two to take control of the Senate, if they are to serve as an effective foil to Trump's agenda.

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