US Rep. Richard Neal defeats challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

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Congressman Richard Neal has defeated Springfield attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud in the Democratic Primary race for the 1st Congressional District, Associated Press reports.

ELECTION RESULTS: Massachusetts Primary

Voters overwhelmingly chose Congressman Neal to represent them in the 1st Congressional District. Neal won Tuesday’s Democratic primary by a margin of better than 2-1.

“Based upon factors well beyond national politics,” Congressman Neal told 22News. “So, to say that I was surprised, no, but I think the change that is out there everybody needs to acknowledge.”

This will be Congressman Neal’s 30th year in Congress.

“Morale is high, we’ve organized well, we’ve mobilized in a way that has shaken this nation, and you cannot take that away from us,” Amatul-Wadud told 22News.

Amatul-Wadud said just because their campaign didn’t win doesn’t mean it hasn’t made a change. 

Neal has been in Washington since 1989, previously having served as mayor of Springfield. He formerly represented the 2nd Congressional District, prior to redistricting following the 2012 elections.

The 1st Congressional District includes all of Berkshire County, all of Hampden County (except a portion of Palmer), western portions of Hampshire and Franklin County, and southwestern Worcester County.

He has no Republican opponent in November, so it’s another two-year term for Richard Neal.

Related: WATCH: Richard Neal and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud debate on 22News

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