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Race for 7th Congressional District in Mass. Heating Up

The race for the 7th Congressional District in Massachusetts is heating up.

As U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano canvassed neighborhoods in Randolph on Saturday, his opponent, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, spoke with hundreds of supporters at the IBEW union hall in Dorchester, rallying voters less than 72 hours before they head to the polls.

Capuano, who is facing his first primary challenge since being elected in 1998, touted his nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill.

"People with experience, people that know how to get the fight done, people with a proven track record..."

Pressley, on the other hand, said her leadership style and life experiences differentiate her from Capuano.

"I am black and a woman and unapologetically proud to be both, but that is not the totality of my identity," she said. "I'm a wife, I'm a mother, I was a caregiver to my mother, I am a survivor, I'm a visionary..."

If she wins on Tuesday, Pressley, who made history as the first black woman elected to the city council in 2009, could make history again, as the first black woman from Massachusetts elected to Congress.

The district, which includes parts of Boston, Cambridge and Milton as well as Chelsea, Somerville, Everett and Randolph, has a majority-minority constituency.

There is no Republican challenger in the race.

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