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With no Republicans running in Massachusetts’ 7th District and after beating out incumbent Rep. Michael E. Capuano in last night’s primary, Democratic candidate Ayanna Pressley is set to head to Congress—and be the first Black woman in the state to do so. Which can explain the overwhelming tears of joy she experienced after finding out she had won.
In a video shared Tuesday evening, Pressley, 44, is seen fanning her hand over her heart, then taking a stand and asking “We won? We won?” before breaking into tears, crying, “Oh, my God,” and hugging people around the room. The video has been viewed more than 600,000 times and has received more than 35,000 likes, accruing comments from viewers such as, “Why am I cryin’ like I won too?!!”
Capuano, who is 66, had first won the district seat in 1998 and is the second Democrat and fourth overall congressperson to lose a renomination this year, following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s unseating of Rep. Joseph Crowley for New York’s 14th congressional district in June.
On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez congratulated Pressley, her “sister in service,” on her “historic path into Congress.” She had previously endorsed Pressley, who also ran on abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on single-payer health care, according to the Hill, and on prisoners’ voting rights.
Sharing a photo of herself and Pressley, she wrote that the two of them had bonded over running and being told its “not [their] turn,” that they weren’t “ready, good” enough, or “experienced” enough.
“We kept going anyway. In June, I won my primary. Tonight, she won hers,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Here’s to November.”
Congratulations to my sister in service, @AyannaPressley, on continuing her historic path into Congress tonight.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 5, 2018
Let’s push together to make Medicare for All, tuition free college, & living wages a reality in America - all without corporate PAC money. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/o2SbtUkByS
This photo was taken months ago.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 5, 2018
.@AyannaPressley + I bonded over running while constantly told it’s “not our turn,” that we “weren’t ready,” “good enough,” or “experienced” enough.
We kept going anyway.
In June, I won my primary. Tonight, she won hers.
Here’s to November.🚀 pic.twitter.com/4Xf8AnTMUQ
“You saw what I saw: That these times demanded more from our leaders and our party,” Pressley told her supporters in Boston on Tuesday. “It’s not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power. It matters who those Democrats are.”
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.