It's not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston - a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump.
Brianna Wu is a co-founder of the video game company Giant Spacekat. Pressley argued in her campaign that Capuano represents an old guard of politics, and it's time for a change.
The 63-year-old Lynch is a former union ironworker and grew up in South Boston.
Pressley tapped into growing cries within the Democratic Party for newer, more diverse leadership.
Capuano conceded shortly after 9 p.m. after it was clear he didn't have the votes to keep the seat he's held for two decades.
Massachusetts' last Democratic primary upset came in 2014, when Seth Moulton defeated Rep. John Tierney in the state's 6th Congressional District. He raised twice as much money as Pressley.
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There are no Republican candidates. And while national progressives including Ocasio-Cortez rallied to her side, she had some strong local institutional support as well, including an endorsement from the Boston Globe.
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. "Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good congresswoman".
"It seems like change is on the way", Pressley told her supporters to rousing applause Tuesday night. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.; Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and fellow 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y.
"I have been really furious about the constant charges being lobbed against me about identity politics that, by the way, are only lobbed against women and candidates of color", she said in one debate.
With no Republican on the ballot in November's midterm election, Pressley is now nearly certain to become the state's first black congresswoman.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sailed through her primary unopposed.