Longtime Dem loses to left-wing challenger in primary upset

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It starts with a look of shock, followed by a quick glance into the camera, and then a waterfall of happy tears after Ayanna Pressley learned she had won the Democratic nomination for the Seventh District US House seat in MA on Tuesday night.

Michael Capuano, who has represented the district for 20 years, conceded defeat in a primary that few predicted he would lose, armed with an impressive party machinery and top flight support. Pressley is making history; she will become the first African-American Massachusetts voters have sent to the US House of Representatives. Pressley beat Michael Capuano, a 10-term incumbent, in Massachusetts' 7th District.

She enjoyed a boost in the race's final weeks thanks to endorsements from both Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey - who has made a name for herself by suing the Trump administration - as well as the Boston Globe, the state's paper of record.

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No Republican candidates filed for the race that Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Solid Democratic. "She will serve the district well in Congress". Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.; Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and fellow 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y.

Pressley tapped into growing cries within the Democratic Party for newer, more diverse leadership.

Pressley's victory - as a younger woman of color - echoes the upset win, earlier this year in New York City, of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who also ousted a longtime congressional incumbent.

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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. Moments later, her husband hugs her and she breaks down in tears.

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

"With so much at stake in the era of Trump, tonight's results make clear what Ayanna Pressley knew when she boldly launched her campaign against a ten-term incumbent: Change in the country and Congress can't wait", said Jim Dean, chair of the liberal group Democracy for America.

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Monteiro says as a woman raised by a single mother coming from a "tough neighbourhood", she can relate to Pressley "in so many ways".

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