Ayanna Pressley’s Reaction To Her Historic Victory Is Everything

Virginia Carson
September 5, 2018

Shortly after her win, Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley.

She was raised by her single mother, Sandra Pressley, on the north side of Chicago while her father, Martin Pressley, battled addiction and spent much of her childhood in prison.

A survivor of sexual assault at Boston University and during her childhood, Pressley has been a vocal supporter of victims of sexual violence since long before the #MeToo movement.

The 7th Congressional District is the only one in the state where minorities comprise a majority of the population.

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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch of MA has fended off two Democratic primary challengers, including a Boston-based software engineer.

In nearby Connecticut, Jahana Hayes is on track to become that state's first black woman to win a congressional seat if she prevails in November. There are no Republicans on the November ballot.

With Pressley off the council, Garrison may finally, after more than 20 attempts, have the chance to swoop back into an elected office.

"This is not just about resisting and affronting Trump", Pressley said, per the Times.

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Pressley called for defunding the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, which helped her draw support from Massachusetts' popular attorney general, Maura Healey, who's gained a national following for repeatedly suing President Donald Trump in an attempt to block his policies on immigration, gun control and other issues. 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.

The last time an incumbent Democratic House member lost a primary was in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated former Rep. John Tierney, who brought significant personal baggage to the campaign. Neal, the dean of the state's House delegation, first was elected in 1989. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen. She ousted 10-term New York Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary in June.

The Weston resident won his party's nomination on Tuesday by defeating Tingle, a longtime comedian and social activist.

Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.

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