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Longtime Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has fended off a challenge from Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in a Democratic primary race that turned caustic in its closing weeks.

Ayanna Pressley is heading to the US Congress in the latest remarkable upset in this year's primaries in advance of the November midterm elections.

The race between Capuano and Pressley was perhaps the most closely watched contest in MA, especially since Pressley drew comparisons to Ocasio-Cortez.

During the campaign, Capuano touted his credentials as an "unabashed liberal", but he found himself competing with Pressley over who was the more progressive candidate.

She is now seeking the Democratic nomination for the MA 7th Congressional District and was the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council in its 100-year history. "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".

"These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".

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Republicans didn't run a candidate in the heavily Republican Boston-based district, and Pressley is all but guaranteed to join the next Congress. According to her website, Amatul-Wadud's platform includes support for Medicare for all, opposing religious exemption laws, and promoting a path to citizenship for DREAMers.

State lawmakers designated the district as the first majority-minority district in MA.

"The Democratic base is extremely diverse and the representatives they have in Congress are not almost as diverse as the constituency", said Joshua Dyck, a professor of political science at the University of MA at Lowell.

Polls and political analysts predict the state's nine House of Representatives seats will remain in Democratic hands, along with the seat held by US Senator Elizabeth Warren, often cited as a possible 2020 White House contender. No Republicans were running, so only a write-in campaign in November could possibly stand between her and Washington. Joseph P. Kennedy II and former Sen.

And black politicians in three states - Florida, Georgia and Maryland - have won the Democratic nomination for governor, a historic turn for a country that has elected just two black governors in US history.

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 U.S. candidates from the left are gaining ground.


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