In unusual twist, primary challenges loom in Mass. for 5 in U.S. House

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley announced that she is running for Congress, challenging longtime U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary. Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — Several members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are getting a run for their money this year — from within their own party.

Five of the eight House incumbents seeking re-election face challenges in the September primary, pending final certification of nominating signatures.

How unusual is that?

Two years ago, not a single incumbent was opposed in the primary. The last time as many as five incumbents faced primary challenges in Massachusetts was in 1992, according to state election records.

Democratic Reps. Richard Neal, Joe Kennedy, Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch and William Keating have primary challengers. Most of the challengers are positioned to the left of the incumbents.


Another incumbent, Rep. Niki Tsongas, is retiring and 12 Democrats are vying for their party’s nod to succeed her in the 3rd District.