Marie Newman

Early strike: Progressive groups unite behind Lipinski foe in Illinois
Backing for Marie Newman comes amid tension with Democratic leaders trying to protect incumbents

Marie Newman is making a second primary challenge to Rep. Daniel Lipinski in Illinois and got the early backing of liberal and abortion rights groups Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Several abortion rights and progressive groups announced on Monday they are endorsing Marie Newman’s bid to oust Illinois Rep. Daniel Lipinski in next year’s primary, an unusually early and coordinated strike against one of the of the most moderate Democrats in Congress. 

The endorsements, from EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, MoveOn, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, are among the first from major national organizations for the 2020 primaries. 

Blue Dog vs. Progressive: What to Watch in the Illinois Primaries
 

Illinois’ congressional primaries are on Tuesday, March 20. Senior political reporter Simone Pathé walks you through the race for the state’s 3rd District, a match-up between longtime incumbent Rep. Daniel Lipinski — a centrist, pro-life Democrat — and Marie Newman, a progressive marketing consultant with the support of several liberal members of Congress, including Sen. Bernie Sanders.