Pressley's upset another win for fresh Democratic voices

Secretary of State William Galvin fends off challenger Josh Zakim

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.

In nearby Connecticut, Jahana Hayes is on track to become that state's first black woman to win a congressional seat if she prevails in November.

Her background is more like Gillum's than Ocasio-Cortez's: She has a long career in Boston politics.

Pressley won the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District, defeating Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano to become the first African-American woman in this position in the history of MA.

Capuano is considered one of the most liberal members of the MA delegation, and Pressley had acknowledged she had few major policy quarrels with him. Shortly after her win, Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Pressley.

She served as former Secretary of State John Kerry's political director when he was a USA senator and became the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council in 2009.

However, there are significant differences between the two races.

Pressley tapped into growing cries within the Democratic Party for newer, more diverse leadership.

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She enjoyed a boost in the race's final weeks thanks to endorsements from both Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey - who has made a name for herself by suing the Trump administration - as well as the Boston Globe, the state's paper of record.

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

"Representation does matter", Pressley said in an interview last week.

Republicans didn't run a candidate in the heavily Republican Boston-based district, and Pressley is all but guaranteed to join the next Congress.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, cheered the outcome on Twitter on Tuesday night. She also worked for former senator John Kerry.

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 USA history.

Another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, is retiring at the end of this term, and that open seat touched off a political scramble with 10 candidates on the Democratic primary ballot.

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