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Ayanna Pressley Defeats Michael Capuano in Massachusetts Primary

HeadlineSep 05, 2018

And in Massachusetts, primary voters headed to the polls Tuesday. Boston City Councilmember Ayanna Pressley made history by defeating 10-term progressive Democratic Congressmember Michael Capuano. She’s now slated to be Massachusetts’ first-ever African-American congressmember. Pressley was endorsed by New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives. She ran on a platform of abolishing ICE—that’s the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency—and speaking for prisoners behind bars. She’s also been outspoken about being a rape survivor. She solidly defeated Michael Capuano despite his long progressive record, including voting against the Iraq War and supporting Medicare for all. This is Ayanna Pressley in her victory speech Tuesday night.

Ayanna Pressley: “While our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man, the conditions which have made the 7th CD one of most unequal in America was cemented through policies long before he ever descended the escalator at Trump Tower.”

In another upset, emergency room doctor Jon Santiago defeated Democratic progressive state legislator Byron Rushing. And Rachael Rollins won the Democratic nomination for Suffolk County district attorney on a platform of criminal justice reform, including ending cash bail for low-level offenses. And in more election news, in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will not run for re-election next year.

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