Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), a staunch anti-abortion lawmaker, is projected to win the Democratic primary, fending off a strong challenge from energized progressives who had aimed to end his decade-long tenure in office.

Lipinski defeated Democrat Marie Newman, a marketing consultant and first-time candidate, by a slim margin in Tuesday’s primary. His primary opponent got a huge boost from progressives who were looking to push the party more to the left in the wake of President Trump’s election.

Even though the effort fell short, the strong showing by Newman — who pushed Lipinski to the brink in the first competitive primary of his career — will give those groups a jolt of momentum as they look to push Democrats to embrace progressive positions.