In a primary upset, Ayanna Pressley defeated Michael Capuano to secure the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congress for the state of Massachusetts. She is now set to become the first African-American woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts as she will not be facing a Republican opponent.
Pressley currently serves as a Boston city councilor. She was the first woman of color to be elected to the council.
Capuano previously served 10 terms with Congress, but his concession included hope for the future.
“I will tell you, I’m sorry it didn’t work out but this is life and this is OK. America is going to be OK,” said Capuano, “Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman and Massachusetts will be well served.”
Pressley also holds hope for the future and has not been shy about her plans to combat President Trump.
“Our president is a racist, misogynistic, truly bankrupt man,” said Pressley, “It is time to show Washington, D.C., both my fellow Democrats, who I hope will stand with us and the Republicans who may stand in our way… change is coming and the future belongs to us.”