Dan Lipinski, the only House Democrat who refused to sponsor the Equality Act who was also known for his support of the Defense of Marriage Act and his votes against marriage equality and LGBTQ non-discrimination bills, was beaten by Marie Newman in the Illinois primary Tuesday. Lipinski was also an opponent of a woman’s right to choose.
Politico reports: “The eight-term Illinois Democrat fell to businesswoman Marie Newman,who led 48 to 44 percent when The Associated Press called the race, a resounding victory for the party’s progressive wing, which has struggled so far this year to capitalize on its 2018 success. … Newman, who came within 2,200 votes of ousting Lipinski in 2018, crafted a formidable and well-funded campaign operation for the rematch. Her turnout operation knocked over 100,000 doors and she nabbed early endorsements from nearly every high-profile progressive, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).”
Writes Buzzfeed: “It’s a major victory for the progressive movement, and an especially welcome one after a disappointing loss in Texas earlier this month, where Jessica Cisneros fell short in her primary challenge against incumbent Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, another anti-abortion moderate Democrat.”