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Ayanna Pressley’s shock victory draws reaction from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, others

Ayanna Pressley gave her victory speech after defeating Michael Capuano.
Ayanna Pressley gave her victory speech after defeating Michael Capuano. (Emily Zendt)

One of the first reactions after Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley stunned Representative Michael Capuano in the Seventh District congressional race came from another woman who pulled off a big surprise: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez shocked sitting Representative Joe Crowley of New York earlier this summer in a Democratic primary there.

“Congratulations to my sister in service, @AyannaPressley,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez later tweeted this photo:

Here are some other reactions:

US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Twitter:

“Congrats to my friend @AyannaPressley & her team on a hard-fought primary win tonight! Ayanna & I have worked together for years, & she’s a fierce advocate & powerful force for change. I’m looking forward to fighting alongside her in Congress. #mapoli”


Democracy for America chairman Jim Dean:

“Ayanna Pressley’s remarkable victory tonight is a testament to the strength of the grassroots movement she built, and an important reflection of the generational, multiracial inclusive populist transformation that’s happening in the Democratic Party right now all across the country.

“A fearless fighter for Boston’s Black, brown, and white working families, Ayanna Pressley will be a champion for progressive priorities like Medicare for All and criminal justice reform in Congress. She’ll make history as the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in House, but she’ll also bring a range of life experiences -- as a sexual assault survivor and the daughter of an incarcerated parent -- that are desperately needed in our halls of power. “

With so much at stake in the era of Trump, tonight’s results make clear what Ayanna Pressley knew when she boldly launched her campaign against a ten-term incumbent: Change in the country and Congress can’t wait. We were honored to stand with Ayanna Pressley in her gutsy, history-making primary campaign, and we look forward to fighting alongside her as she continues working to ensure the voices of all Bay Staters are represented in Washington.”


Indivisible Project national political director Maria Urbina:

“Ayanna Pressley’s historic victory tonight defied conventional wisdom. We are so proud to call her an Indivisible candidate.

“We’re proud of Indivisible groups that have stood with Ayanna for months, and put their support behind a candidate who matched their values and embraced an unapologetically progressive platform. We’re even more proud of the way they’ve then turned out to knock doors, make phone calls, and do the work to get that candidate elected.

“Ayanna Pressley knows that resisting Trump is not enough. Progressives have to be willing to push for policies that will lead to meaningful change. As the first black congresswoman elected from Massachusetts, Ayanna will bring a vital — and often underheard — perspective to her work. In Congress, she will be a voice for all families in the Seventh.”

32BJ Service Employees International Union vice president Roxana Rivera

“Our union members campaigned tirelessly to help elect Ayanna Pressley because we wholeheartedly agree that change cannot wait. This historic victory represents a unique opportunity for working families in the seventh district to be represented by a woman who has a tireless commitment to raising living standards, defending workers’ rights and protecting people who rarely see themselves reflected in our state’s leadership. 32BJ We look forward to continuing to support Pressley as she enters the election season as our Democratic candidate for Congress.”

Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.