Pressley Defeats Capuano In 7th Congressional District Race

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Ayanna Pressley after her victory Tuesday night. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM/AP) -- In a major upset, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeated ten-term Rep. Mike Capuano to represent the Democratic ticket for the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District.

An emotional Pressley cried and hugged her family and friends moments after she learned Capuano conceded in the race.

"Are you ready to come to Congress with me?" she asked supporters Tuesday night, to cheers.

Because there is no Republican on the ballot for the November election, Pressley will most likely be heading to Washington at the next Congresswoman for the 7th Congressional District in January 2019--and she's poised to become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress.

The race was one that was closely watched around the nation. Over the past 196 days, Pressley ran a grassroots campaign she said was "powered by the people." It was a campaign that highlighted the diversity within the district--the only one in the Commonwealth where minorities are a majority of the population, and one she said is among the most unequal in the country. 

"Government didn't reflect us, didn't represent us, didn't advocate us, didn't see us," she said. "It's not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power, but it matters who those Democrats are."

Capuano is the second Democrat and fourth House incumbent to lose a primary ahead of the November midterms. 

"We did everything we could to get this done," Capuano told his supporters in his concession speech at the Somerville Holiday Inn. "I'm sorry it didn't work out, but this is life."

"Ayanna Pressley is going to be a good Congresswoman," he said.

WATCH: Full Concession Session Speech by U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano. (Credit WBZ-TV)

Pressley was endorsed by fellow congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won against veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June primary election.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi congratulated Pressley on her victory. The Democratic House leader released a statement Tuesday thanking Capuano for two decades of serving as "a strong, progressive champion for hard-working families in Massachusetts and across America," and said she looks forward to welcoming Pressley's "leadership and her perspective to the House Democratic Caucus."

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports

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