Boston's Ayanna Pressley follows trail blazed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Video of the moment she found out she defeated Capuano quickly went viral.

Ayanna Pressley beat Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) in the state's 7th Congressional District in a historic upset. The national Democratic Party is going to want to have moderate candidates.

And there are certainly factors at play that created a ideal storm for Pressley-and candidates like her-to win, Vicino said. REUTERS/Brian SnyderA sample ballot, including the Republican race for Governor between incumbent Charlie Baker and challenger Scott Lively, is posted outside a polling station on the day of the Massachusetts Primary Election in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S., September 4, 2018.

Rep. Lynch, who was first elected in 2001 and has represented Quincy, was one of several Democratic Congressman facing primary challenges from first-time candidates styling themselves after Vermont Sen. She's now slated to be Massachusetts' first-ever African-American congressmember.

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The win exposes the rifts in America's opposition party and comes comes two months after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political novice and left-winger, won a similar victory.

She also supports measures deemed radical by many, including abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal agency that has enforced President Trump's crackdown on illegal migrants.

Her competitor also had nice words about her: "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman, and I will tell you that Massachussets will be well served".

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

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Capuano, 66, is the second House Democrat to lose a primary to a progressive challenger this year, NY reports.

The Democrats face a hard but vital choice: In their selection of a choice of presidential nominee, do they move to the centre to win back traditional, conservative-oriented party members, especially blue-collar voters, who defected to Mr. Trump in 2016, and to attract suburban voters, especially women, who are discomfited by Mr. Trump's personal style and character?

An incumbent Congressman from MA won't be returning to Washington after an upset at the Democratic primary this week.

Winning Tuesday's primary in the safe Democratic seat puts Pressley on course to become the first African American in MA to be elected to the US House of Representatives. In Massachusetts, serious primary challenges are uncommon and often there is a political pecking order for seats that do come open. "People of every walk of life".

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But here was Ayanna Pressley, a Boston City Council member and rising Democratic star, exhorting volunteers in a Cambridge restaurant with an impassioned performance style she learned as a child at her grandfather's storefront Baptist church in Chicago.