In a win of epic proportions, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in the Massachusetts Primary, on Tuesday. Now, with the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, Pressley is poised to become the state’s first black congresswoman.
The moment she learned that she won was caught on camera—and her powerful reaction is contagious:
Here it is on Twitter:
— Jesse Mermell (@jessemermell) September 5, 2018
Here’s the story on CNN via YouTube:
Bay Staters—and liberals at large—were ecstatic over the win:
Why am I cryin' like I won too?!!
— J Lock (@Fragglelock) September 5, 2018
Cuz we did. She's going to be in Congress 🙂
— Cara Berg Powers (@clbergpowers) September 5, 2018
Pressley’s winning moment is reminiscent of when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found out she’d won in the New York House primary earlier this year—described as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm-election season by CNN and other various outlets.
Of course there was a naysayer or two who needed a little schooling as to the significance of Pressley’s win:
With no Republican challenger on November’s ballot, Pressley is nearly assured to be Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman. According to an article on HuffPost, this will be the second time she’s made history in the state—she was also the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council in 2009.
Commenters are ready for change:
Such a breath of fresh air watching something other than hubris. Thank you Massachusetts. Now please complete the victory in November!
— SiriuslyLuna (@LindaEvansDavis) September 5, 2018
She has no Rep. challenger
— Keith (@Keith__1983) September 5, 2018
This is what Democracy looks like…
Well deserved @AyannaPressley.
— Ryan Knight (@ProudResister) September 5, 2018
A great point:
I love how she says “We won?” Not “I “ but “WE”. Congrats Ms. Pressley
— Lulu Says (@lulu_says2) September 5, 2018