Ayanna Pressley Defeats 10-Term Massachusetts Dem Rep. Michael Capuano in Big Primary Upset


Congressman Michael Capuano (D- MA) conceded defeat tonight in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ 7th district tonight.

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


Capuano, a former Somerville mayor, conceded after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“It seems like change is on the way,” Pressley said in her celebratory speech.

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.

Capuano said in his concession speech that “clearly the district wanted a lot of change.”

You can watch part of Pressley’s speech here, via NBC News:

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