WESTERN SPRINGS — Challenger Marie Newman beat incumbent Dan Lipinski in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Illinois 3rd congressional district.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Newman had 47% of the vote over Lipinski’s 45% with 99% of precincts reporting.
Lipinski, who has been in office since 2004, is one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress. He voted for the Equality Act only after nationwide pressure and still supports overturning Roe v. Wade. He opposed marriage equality until the Supreme Court legalized it and voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Newman, on the other hand, is pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ and has been endorsed by progressive groups. She challenged Lipinski in 2018 and lost by just over 2,000 votes. This time, she beat him by just over 2,000 votes.
The 3rd district is considered a safe Democrat seat. So safe, the GOP sometimes doesn’t even run a candidate. The district covers some of the far southwest side of Chicago and a large part of DuPage County.