6 things to know about rising-star Democrat Ayanna Pressley

By Benito Joaquin Special Envoy

In a surprise defeat that reflects a changing Democratic party, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley has defeated 10-term Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District.

Ayanna Pressley told cheering supporters she's thrilled and humbled by her victory over longtime U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, a fellow liberal Democrat.

There is no Republican on the November ballot in the district, meaning Pressley is virtually assured of entering Congress in January.

Capuano told supporters he did everything he could to win re-election. 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. She's now slated to be Massachusetts' first-ever African-American congressmember.

But both Pressley and Capuano admit there's likely no difference between them in terms of the way they'll vote in Congress, and moreover, neither one has expressed outright opposition against Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Ayanna Pressley, 44, beat veteran politician Mike Capuano, 66, after mounting an insurgent campaign in MA 7th Congressional District. Pressley was endorsed by NY congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives.

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.

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Ayanna Pressley, now serving on the Boston City Council, beat the 10-term Democrat in another big Democratic upset.

She also supports measures deemed radical by many, including abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal agency that has enforced President Trump's crackdown on illegal migrants.

Pressley and other insurgents have drawn the attention of new voters whose support Democrats will need again, said María Urbina, national political director of Indivisible, a nationwide network that formed previous year to resist Trump. She also worked for former senator John Kerry.

Pressley has been open about her background-her father was incarcerated for most of her youth and she is a survivor of sexual assault.

"When I was growing up, my mother and I felt voiceless and invisible, but she made sure I knew that on Election Day we were powerful", she said during her speech.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House of Representatives and two in the Senate nationwide in the November 6 general election to gain a majority that could allow them to counter Republican President Donald Trump's agenda.

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