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Tahirah Amatul-Wadud LOST

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For months we have been relentlessly flogged by the hard left radical party about the rise of their operatives through the election process. This race, in particular, was heralded as the coming of the radical overthrow of America.

The race, which garnered national attention given Amatul-Wadud’s bid to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, marked Neal’s toughest primary fight since redistricting moved the Springfield Democrat into the newly redrawn 1st Congressional District for the 2012 election.

She lost.

Massachusetts 1st Congressional District race: Richard Neal defeats Democratic challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal beat out challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud in Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District Democratic primary Tuesday — a win that essentially guarantees the longtime congressman, who faces no Republican opponents, re-election in November.

Neal, who has represented Western Massachusetts in Washington for nearly 30 years, defeated the Springfield attorney and political newcomer, according to the Associated Press which called the race at 9:30 p.m.

The race, which garnered national attention given Amatul-Wadud’s bid to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, marked Neal’s toughest primary fight since redistricting moved the Springfield Democrat into the newly redrawn 1st Congressional District for the 2012 election.

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal celebrates Massachusetts 1st Congressional District victory, thanks supporters

The longtime congressman thanked supporters who helped him achieve what he called “a very substantial victory,” as well as his opponent, during a post-election event at Max’s Tavern.

“We took this campaign seriously and I want to thank Ms. Wadud for her candidacy,” he said, adding that it’s “very hard for one to put themselves forward in public life today.”

“It’s on to November … We’re on to that challenge, I have traveled parts of the country on behalf of Democratic candidates, and I intend to continue to do that,” he said. “When you meet the crop of candidates that we have running across the country, it is really special — they are all outstanding in every shape and form. I hope and I expect that we’re going to prevail and win the House of Representatives come November.”

Amatul-Wadud, who told supporters that she had congratulated the congressman on his win, said she hopes Neal recognizes how lucky he is to serve Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District.

“If nothing comes from the past nine months, it’s that we’ve reminded him what an honor it is to serve us and that we will hold our elected officials responsible and accountable to us,” she said at a event at the Munich Haus in Chicopee.

Amatul-Wadud noted that while she hoped for an electoral victory in Tuesday’s primary, “perhaps the victory that we had today is even more meaningful than we know.”

She added that she’s “not going anywhere.”

“Our morale is high, we’ve organized well, we’ve mobilized in a way that has shook this nation and you cannot take that from us,” she said. “People are watching, they’re paying attention and they know that we are going to demand that we are OK.”

Neal’s victory came despite Amatul-Wadud’s attempts to paint him as out-of-touch with Western Massachusetts voters.

It puts the the 69-year-old congressman one step closer to taking over as House Ways and Means Committee chairman — one of the most powerful positions in Congress — if Democrats regain control of the lower chamber in November.

Neal touted his position as the current House Ways and Means ranking member throughout the campaign, offering that the position allows him to better advocate for the needs of Western Massachusetts on Capitol Hill than his opponent.

In the lead-up to Tuesday’s primary, however, Amatul-Wadud questioned how having Neal as the next potential Ways and Means chairman would benefit 1st Congressional District voters.

She contended that the incumbent has fallen short in representing all of his constituents, particularly those in rural areas — something the Democrat said she would do if sent to Capitol Hill.

The 44-year-old, self-described progressive further offered that she represents “the face of the future” in Western Massachusetts.

Neal has rejected the suggestion that he’s failed to represent constituents from all communities across the district, noting in his final debate with Amatul-Wadud that he had held more than 600 public events over the last five years.

The congressman pointed to his efforts to bring federal dollars back to the region, including for the revitalization of Springfield’s Union Station and extension of broadband internet throughout Western Massachusetts.

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