Democrats look to midterms after bruising primary fights


On Tuesday night, Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley crushed 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary for a seat that has been held by the likes of John F. Kennedy and Tip O'Neill in the past.

Pressley's win echoes the June primary in a safely Democratic New York City congressional district, where first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a 10-term incumbent, sparking enthusiasm for progressive candidates across the United States.

Republicans - and some Democrats - argue that the party is going too far to the left for American voters, particularly outside of the cities and close-in suburbs where Democrats' base of white liberals and non-white voters is concentrated.

Pressley lives in the Dorchester neighbourhood of Boston with her husband, Conan Harris, and stepdaughter.

Before introducing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, she thanked volunteers for creating a "movement" because "the hate coming out of this White House will never be defeated singularly by any one of us, it can only be defeated by a movement". Additionally, Stacey Abrams of Georgia, Andrew Gillum of Florida and Ben Jealous of Maryland, are all new, young, progressive, Black politicians who won the Democratic Party's nominations for governor.

Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District.

In contrast to Capuano, who enjoyed the backing of prominent congressional Democrats as well as Boston's mayor, Pressley received "little-to-no Democratic Party establishment support", noted the Post's Amber Phillips.

Now, we have Pressley, who in addition to advocating the usual menu of leftist nostrums, wants "Medicare for all" and to "end ICE enforcement and deportation activities".

"She saw an opportunity there in the numbers, and she chose not to do as many aspiring candidates are told to do, to sit and wait her turn", he said.

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There is a changing of the guard in the 7th Congressional District, with shockwaves sure to reverberate throughout the Democratic Party.

In a recent interview at Tacos El Paso, a Mexican restaurant in Everett, she said she'd long idolized Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, pioneering Democrats who were among the first black women in Congress.

Another longtime Democratic congressman has lost his seat in a primary upset to a candidate who appeals to those in the party seeking younger, more diverse voices.

It is the only in the state to have a majority non-white population.

This is Ayanna Pressley in her victory speech Tuesday night.

"Many would just say: Your job is the vote".

"We won, we won", Pressley says, as she is hugged by numerous people around her.

For example, she supports a House bill introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) that would mandate the US government cut its military assistance to Israel. Democrats are apparently hot for transgenders - men or women who believe that they are members of the opposite sex. Wu, a programer and video game designer who rose to prominent after she became the target of threats and online attacks for calling out misogyny in the gaming community, had called for single-payer healthcare, a guaranteed minimum income and other progressive initiatives.

The ascendancy of a new generation of Democrats has the potential of recasting the party's profile much the way the election of 49 Democrats to formerly Republican seats did in the so-called "Watergate baby" midterm elections of 1974, just after impeachment hearings led to the resignation of Richard Nixon.