I don’t know anything about the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, but it looks like a big upset.
In a historic victory, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley unseated Rep. Mike Capuano, a progressive Congressional favorite first elected in 1998 in Massachusetts’ seventh congressional district.
Capuano took the stage shortly after 9:15 p.m. and conceded the race.
“I’m sorry it didn’t work out, but this is life,” Capuano told supporters. “This is OK. America is going to be OK. Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and Massachusetts will be well served.
“This is not the side we wanted to be on,” he added. “Clearly the district wanted a lot of changes.”
Pressley, 44, mounted a surprising campaign against Capuano that led to one of the most-watched primaries in the nation. She won the seat that represents parts of Boston, Cambridge, Milton and all of Chelsea, Everett, Randolph and Somerville.
Big news on the Democratic side in Massachusetts: liberal 20-year incumbent ousted by younger, Black, female city councillor: https://t.co/asuFwdWq8Q
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 5, 2018
Yep. I don't live there, but I grew up in this district. People really like Capuano, and there was not a lot of room between him and Pressley ideologically. Best I can tell, it was not about that at all. https://t.co/DkT2E8jpzv
— hilzoy (@hilzoy) September 5, 2018
An incredible victory in Massachusetts by Ayanna Pressley against incumbent Mike Capuano. https://t.co/NGjmFMqd0W
— Nicholas Burns (@RNicholasBurns) September 5, 2018
Mike Capuano won this seat in 1998 when he defeated 9 Democratic opponents with 22% of the vote. He was never seriously challenged after that until this year — and now 80 minutes after polls closed he has conceded defeat to Ayanna Pressley.
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) September 5, 2018
Any of the Massachusetts crowd want to check in?
What’s going on elsewhere?