Progressive Marie Newman beat eight-term incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois) in the U.S. House Democratic primary race on Tuesday. Her win indicated the importance that abortion plays in the Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. Newman’s win was major win for the party’s progressive wing.

The election was a rematch – Newman, a businesswoman and activist, had previously lost to Lipinski, a business consultant and founder of an anti-bullying nonprofit, in a 2018 primary by two points.

Newman, who dubbed herself the “real Democrat,” beat Lipinksi 47.1 percent to 44.7 percent.

Lipinski, one of the last anti-abortion Democrats on Capitol Hill, has often bucked his party. In 2008, he refused to endorse President Barack Obama. He voted against the 2010 Affordable Care Act and opposed same-sex marriage until the Supreme Court legalized it in 2015.

 

The progressive group Justice Democrats had backed Newman’s bid. It is the same group that assisted high-profile freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezin defeating the long-serving Congressman Joe Crowley in the 2018 cycle.

Ocasio-Cortez had endorsed Newman in the race, alongside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

The Justice Democrats’ executive director Alexandra Rojas wrote on Twitter that Newman’s win over Lipinski signaled that, “if you do not like a Democrat, you will be held accountable.”

 

Lipinski had represented Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District since 2005. He took over the seat from his father, Rep. Bill Lipinski.