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Another Democrat Falls: Liberal Unseats 20-Year Incumbent in Mass. Primary

Unlike other far-left, liberal wins this primary season, people could see this one coming a mile away.

By NTK Staff | 09.05.2018 @10:30am
Another Democrat Falls: Liberal Unseats 20-Year Incumbent in Mass. Primary

Boston’s first black city councilor, Ayanna Pressley, defeated 20-year incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) in Tuesday night’s Massachusetts primary.

Despite having “little-to-no Democratic Party establishment support,” and very little in terms of policy differences with Capuano, Pressley was about to use identity politics to unseat Capuano, who represents a majority non-white district in Boston, according to the Washington Post.

As the Post’s Amber Phillips notes, this is the second young upstart candidate to defeat a long-term incumbent this summer:

She had the support of the current leader on the far left of the party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. He did not.

Pressley’s primary win is the second most notable congressional win on the left this year since Ocasio-Cortez dethroned one of the leaders of the Democratic Party, Rep. Joe Crowley, in her New York primaries. If Ocasio-Cortez’s win was a wake-up call for Democratic leaders that the party’s base is agitated and motivated for a shake up in the Trump era, Pressley’s win confirms the trend.

NBC Boston described Capuano as “one of the most liberal members of the Massachusetts delegation,” highlighting the fact that his defeat was not over ideology.

“We will vote the same way, but I will lead differently,” Pressley said in a recent debate, according to NBC Boston.

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