Conservative Democrat Dan Lipinski Survives Primary Challenge From The Left

Elias Hubbard
March 21, 2018

Democratic Representative Dan Lipinski held off a stiff challenge from businesswoman Marie Newman to win a nationally watched congressional primary in IL, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Lipinski argued that Democrats need to avoid ideological litmus tests if they want to win back the working-class voters who have abandoned them in recent elections.

Lipinski was ahead of Newman 51% to 49%, with 95% of precincts' tallies reported, according to Edison Research. Newman also sent an email to supporters saying they may wake up in "recount mode", the AP reports, but IL election rules make it hard to get a recount.

But recounts are unusual in IL, and the process is a hard one.

During his tenure in Congress, Lipinski voted against the Affordable Care Act and funding for Planned Parenthood, and supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and trying to make it more hard for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. He even opposed the re-election of then-President Barack Obama in 2012 - despite the fact that he was running for re-election in IL, the largely Democratic state that Obama once represented in the Senate. He was first elected in 2004 when his father, former Rep. Bill Lipinski, waited until after the primary to announce his resignation and steer the nomination to his son. He faced little serious competition since then in the heavily Democratic district, which includes parts of Chicago's southwest side and several suburbs. That helped earn him the support of many labor organizations, including the Illinois AFL-CIO.

Newman wasn't conceding, telling supporters Tuesday night that she is "not quite ready to make a decision". Democrats, he said, should be united in fighting President Donald Trump, not going after each other.

But Suzanne Riordon, a 56-year-old investment banker from suburban Brookfield, said Lipinski has been a disappointment. He opposes abortion and gay marriage and he voted against the Democrats' signature Affordable Care Act health law in 2010.

"I would like Mr. Lipinski to have a very painful evening. He doesn't listen to us", she said. She says she will push for health care for all, a $15 minimum wage and a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the USA illegally.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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