In Illinois U.S. House primary, liberal Democratic challenger Newman
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[March 18, 2020]
By Amanda Becker
(Reuters) - Liberal Democrat Marie Newman
beat incumbent Dan Lipinski in a U.S. House of Representatives primary
race in Illinois on Tuesday, according to news reports.
It was a rematch for Lipinski, a long-time congressman, and Newman, a
progressive businesswoman, who first faced off for the Chicago-area seat
in a 2018 primary that Lipinski narrowly won.
Lipinski, a co-chair of the moderate "Blue Dog" coalition who has served
in the U.S. Congress since 2004, has been criticized by abortion rights
and gay rights groups for his socially conservative views and faced
blowback for voting against former Democratic President Barack Obama's
Affordable Care Act.
The primary battles between Lipinski and Newman pitted Chicago's
Democratic machine against activist groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice
America, which advocates for abortion access and reproductive choice,
the Human Rights Campaign, which promotes gay rights, and Indivisible, a
nationwide network that formed to resist Republican President Donald
Their 2018 and 2020 primary races were closely watched as an indicator
of enthusiasm from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
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llinois' 3rd Congressional District candidate Marie Newman speaks
during her election night rally at the Marz Community Brewing
Company in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil
Indivisible Co-Executive Director Leah Greenberg said Newman's
victory on Tuesday was a "big night for the progressive movement"
and has "big implications for what it means to be a Democrat in the
"Voters in Illinois' 3rd District have sent a clear message: there
is no room in the Democratic Party for anti-immigrant, anti-choice
and anti-healthcare conservatives," Greenberg said in a statement.
(Reporting By Amanda Becker; Editing by Christian Schmollinger,
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