Ayanna Pressley wins Democratic primary- will become first Black congresswoman in MA

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It was no sure thing that the story line leading progressive candidates of color to victory in New York City, Florida, Georgia and elsewhere would play out in MA, but voters backed Pressley and the idea that Democrats in Congress need new faces to deliver change.

Pressley is likely to become the first black woman elected to Congress from MA in November, since there are no Republican candidates in the race. Pressley was endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez, and has been profiled in several news outlets.

The road forward for soon-to-be U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley depends on how Democrats perform overall in the midterms and what image the party fashions itself into amid a surge in progressive energy that thrust the five-term Boston City Councilor into Congress, experts said.

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.

In a speech after her win, Ms Pressley said: "Change is coming and the future belongs to all of us".

With no Republican running for the Seventh District seat in the general election, Pressley is poised to become the first woman of color from MA to serve in the US House. "These are the kind of factors that Democrats need to have over the next two months if they are going to pull off victories in some of those really competitive races".

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Ayanna Pressley's reaction to her historic upset victory in a Democratic primary for a Massachusetts House seat quickly went viral on Tuesday. She joins a number of other black women who've won their primaries this year, including Stacey Abrams, who's running for governor in Georgia, Lauren Underwood, running for a congressional seat in IL, and Jahana Hayes, who's also running for a seat in Congress from CT.

It is the only in the state to have a majority non-white population. She also had the backing of the state's attorney general, Maura Healey.

Republicans didn't run a candidate in the heavily Republican Boston-based district, and Pressley is all but guaranteed to join the next Congress.

Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), was an organizer for Sen.

Capuano also had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Massachusetts's first African-American governor, Deval Patrick.

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