Ayanna Pressley defeats Rep. Mike Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic primary

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In a political stunner, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano lost Tuesday's primary to Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve MA in Congress.

One of the closest watched races was longtime democratic incumbent Congressman Michael Capuano, who lost his seat to Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. But Pressley is now poised to become the first person of color MA has ever sent to Congress.

A subdued Capuano told supporters he did everything he could to win re-election. And black politicians in three states - Florida, Georgia and Maryland - have won the Democratic nomination for governor, a historic turn for a country that has elected just two black governors in USA history.

Although Pressley and her opponent shared a number of progressive values, her demand for the abolition of ICE, and her instance that she would bring a "bold activist leadership" to DC may have sealed her fate. Indeed, CBS notes that "both Pressley and Capuano admit there's likely no difference between them in terms of the way they'll vote in Congress".

Speaking to the New York Times Tuesday night, Boston-based Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh argued that Pressley's victory is "a big wake-up call to any incumbent on the ballot in November".

Progressive Democrat Ayanna Pressley defeated 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the MA primary on Tuesday. "I'm just as upset as they are, but so be it", Capuano told supporters. Joe Crowley in NY in June, appeared at a fundraiser with Pressley.

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Another 10-term incumbent went down to defeat in a Democratic primary Tuesday night.

Ayanna Pressley, 44, won the Democratic nomination for the US House of Representatives in Massachusetts's seventh district, one of the most left-leaning in America and which includes Harvard University.

Conceding on Tuesday, Mr Capuano said: "Clearly the district wanted a lot of change". Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), she later supported it. Capuano also backed Sanders' quixotic health care scheme, which would cost approximately $32.6 trillion, according to Mercatus scholar Charles Blahous.

"I am very determined; I don't give up that easy, " Garrison said in February when asked about her potential political reincarnation.

Pressley shares many of her positions with Ocasio-Cortez, but stops short of describing herself as a socialist.

The votes decided who advances to the November general election to run for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and other offices.