Daniel Lipinski (D-Il), Congressman for the 3d Congressional District, Illinois, faced but in the end defeated a vigorous primary challenge. The challenger, businesswoman Marie Newman, conceded the contest Wednesday morning, March 21, a full 12 hours after the polls had closed.
Lipinski is an outspoken opponent of abortion rights, and an array of groups on the liberal side of that issue (Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILY’s List, the Human Rights Campaign, and MoveOn.org) supported Newman’s challenge for precisely that reason.
Lipinski’s victory in the primary represents, almost certainly, his re-election. The district is very heavily Democratic and the Republican name on the ballot in November will be that of a neo-Nazi whom the leadership has denounced but who ran unopposed in that party’s primary.
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Lipinski painted the significance of the primary in broad national terms: he said that the Democratic Party has to be a broad coalition in order to defeat President Trump and Trump’s base, and that a properly broad coalition will have to include people who believe as he does on abortion.