Politics

The Best Reactions to Ayanna Pressley’s Stunning Win

Even Diddy is sharing some love.


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Jocelyn Antonio, of Quincy, Mass., center, a supporter of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, celebrates Pressley’s victory over U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano | photo via AP/Steven Senne

What a primary. Ayanna Pressley pulled off a stunning win in her bout with incumbent Congressman Mike Capuano, a result that the polls didn’t forecast, establishment figures didn’t bet on, and that national observers had watched closely for signs of a tectonic shift in the Democratic party. The Globe‘s editorial board called it a “political earthquake,” and they’re right.

The most widely shared reaction to her victory came in a video of the candidate herself. “Oh my god,” she says over and over as she embraces members of her team. One tweet that included the video had more than 9,000 retweets and counting by Wednesday morning.

Another photo making the rounds is of Pressley’s stepdaughter, Cora Harris. Snapped by a New York Times photographer, it shows tears of joy streaming down her face.

But here are some of the others weighing in on the historic win.

Pressley, of course, received some congratulatory messages from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the incumbent-toppling Democratic nominee for Congress from New York. The Boston City Councilor’s campaign had drawn comparisons to Ocasio-Cortez, and the two communicated during the race.

And other powerful Democrats at home and around the country had kind words for her.

Including her opponent, and others who had endorsed him.

Even Diddy showed Pressley some love.

As did a slew of other influential figures in media and politics.