Ayanna Pressley defeats Dem Rep. Michael Capuano in upset primary victory

Secretary of State William Galvin fends off challenger Josh Zakim

Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley stunned observers by defeating long-serving Rep.

Pressley is poised to become the first African-American woman to represent MA in the state's congressional history.

There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January. Pressley was endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez, and has been profiled in several news outlets.

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

That wave of change sweeping Pressley into Congress could help the incoming freshmen overcome her low spot on the political totem pole, said Democratic strategist Scott Ferson, who helped Seth Moulton win over incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in 2014.

Ms. Pressley becomes the second Democrat to.

"The Democratic Party might want to feature more women of color and more women in leadership positions, and she might have an easier track through that as a result", Mulcare said.

State lawmakers designated the district as the first majority-minority district in MA.

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He said the party is "getting serious about who its representatives are in terms of not just identity politics but have coalitions resemble the people who are the voters".

It is the latest in a series of victories for progressive, young and minority candidates representing the opposition party.

Quentin Palfrey has won the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor in MA, ending comic Jimmy Tingle's bid to shift from political humor to political office.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, cheered the outcome on Twitter on Tuesday night. She attended Boston University for two years before dropping out to work to support her mother.

Baker, a moderate who has been popular with voters in what is perceived as one of the nation's bluest states, will face Gonzalez, who served as secretary of administration and finance under Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.

Capuano is now the fourth House lawmaker to lose re-election in a 2018 midterm primary, following Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).

Capuano is now the fourth incumbent to fall in a primary election this year, joining Republican Reps.

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