A 10-term Democratic congressman has conceded defeat to a Boston city councillor who is now poised to become Massachusetts' first black congresswoman in a race with parallels to a NY upset that rattled the party in June.
But here was Ayanna Pressley, a Boston City Council member and rising Democratic star, exhorting volunteers in a Cambridge restaurant with an impassioned performance style she learned as a child at her grandfather's storefront Baptist church in Chicago. No Republicans were running, so only a write-in campaign in November could possibly stand between her and Washington.
Another veteran congressman, Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, won a spirited primary showdown with Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a black attorney from Springfield who had hoped to become the first Muslim to serve in Congress from MA.
Pressley also represents the latest underdog candidate to have emerged to challenge both establishment Democrats and Republicans.
An African-American woman pulled off an upset victory in a Democratic primary contest against a 10-term entrenched male incumbent in Boston, the latest sign that insurgent USA candidates from the left are gaining ground.
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She then proceeded to speed past traffic, went over a central reservation and even into the path of oncoming vehicles. But officers pulled up just as she was trying to hijack the vehicle and pulled her out and forced her to the ground.
Pressley may be considered an outsider by virtue of who she is.
"It seems like change is on the way", said Pressley to raucous applause at her election night party.
When the 44-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party heard the results, she just couldn't believe it. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyThis is politics in 3D Ocasio-Cortez: "Conventional politics" says she and man in Irish pub should "turn against one other" Ocasio-Cortez defends banning press from event: We wanted "residents to feel safe" MORE in her New York Democratic primary earlier this year.
Sitting in the back of the IBEW in Dorchester, Pressley jumped up from her seat after a moment of shock, half-asking, half-stating, "We won?"
"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.
It's also a sign that issues of representation rather than ideology are motivating voters in Democratic primaries.