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Insurgent Democrat Topples Another Incumbent in Boston Primary

  • Pressley’s victory in Massachusetts sign of shift in party
  • Contest became proxy fight between old guard, new generation
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Insurgent Democrat Topples Another Incumbent in Boston Primary
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Democratic voters again showed their determination to oust the old guard in Tuesday’s Massachusetts primary, a sentiment that may help the party retake the House in November while making governing with a diverse and ideologically varied majority more difficult.

Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley rode a campaign promise of change to an upset victory over incumbent Democratic Representative Mike Capuano that was less a statement about political divisions than it was a signal that voters are seeking fresh faces who more closely reflect the district’s diversity.