In 2018, Marie Newman came within 2.2 percentage points of defeating the longtime Congressman, Dan Lipinski by appealing to progressive voters and picking up endorsements of groups that believe Lipinski is out of step with the modern Democratic party.
Fast forward to the 2020 rematch, which is well underway, and Newman continues to appeal to progressives and picking up endorsements from other progressive politicians.
Yesterday, Newman received the endorsement of Presidential candidate and US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who also endorsed a challenger to a Texas Democratic Congressman, who like Lipinski is Pro-life.
Abortion seems to be a main issue in Warren’s endorsement as she joined fellow Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in supporting Newman. “At a time when women’s reproductive rights are under attack daily from Republican lawmakers across America, Illinoisans deserve a leader with an unwavering commitment to fighting for women’s access to reproductive health care,” Warren said. “Marie Newman is that leader.”
Lipinski has always easily coasted to victories in the general election due to the gerrymandering of the congressional seats. However, the primary challenge from Newman in 2018 seemed to take him by surprise. Lipinski opposes abortion rights and was the only Democrat in the Illinois congressional delegation to vote against President Obama’s signature health care law, because it required organizations to provide employees with contraception even if that clashed with a religious group’s beliefs.
Warren did not endorse Newman in 2018 although Sanders did make an endorsement in that race.
In the last race, Lipinski was slow to respond to attacks and endorsements but this year he appears ready for the challenge based on a statement his campaign issued after Warren’s endorsement became public.
“Warren has moved from independent fact-based thinking to ideological orthodoxy,” Lipinski said in response to the endorsement. “My opponent has always been an ideologue. She has never focused on how she might serve the people of IL3, but has only parroted the talking points of radicals who would take away everyone’s private health care, eliminate Medicare, and raise the taxes of hard working middle-class families by tens of thousands of dollars.”
Lipinski, however, may be fighting against changing positions of Democrats and it may be Warren and Newman that represent Democratic ideology more than Lipinski does any longer. In addition to Warren’s and Sanders’ endorsements, Newman has received the endorsements of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who recently folded their respective Presidential campaigns. Newman also received the endorsement of the Will County Progressives in this campaign.
The most recent polls in the various primary states have former Vice President Joe Biden, Warren and Sanders in the top three spots in no particular order.