Oak Lawn Patch: Dan Lipinski vs. Marie Newman – Follow IL-03 Vote Results Here

Dan Lipinski is challenged by Marie Newman in the Illinois 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary. Follow the vote results here.

ILLINOIS 3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — The Democratic primary in the Illinois 3rd Congressional District is one of the most closely watched races in the country and has attracted national attention. The race has become symbolic of the deep divisions within the Democratic Party. The primary pits incumbent Dan Lipinski against challenger Marie Newman.

Lipinski is facing his first real challenger as he battles to stay alive in Tuesday’s primary. The seven-term congressman is leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, a caucus of fiscally-conservative Democrats. He is staunchly anti-abortion, stating that he believes human DNA starts at the moment of conception. He was also voted against the Affordable Care Act and the DREAM Act, and co-sponsored the First Amendment Defense Act, which prohibits the federal government from taking adverse actions against a person who opposes same-sex marriage. While he recognizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage as the “law of the land,” he is on record as opposing government recognition of gay marriage.

Newman has proven herself to be a credible and formidable challenger. She is a former marketing consultant, small business owner and anti-bullying advocate. She differs sharply from Lipinski on the issue of abortion and has received heavy financial backing from the pro-choice NAREL group, which has also endorsed the first-time candidate. Newman supports universal healthcare, livable wages and tax relief for working families, and common sense gun safety. She also supports protecting immigrant and LGBTQ rights. Lipinski has accused the upstart challenger of padding her resume.

Former presidential candidate and U.S. Bernie Sanders stepped over Lipinski and endorsed Newman. She’s racked up endorsements from the top progressive voices, including NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Human Rights CampaignSEIUMoveOn.orgEMILY’s List, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Reps Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierréz, Gloria Steinem, Hispanic American Labor CouncilReclaim ChicagoNational Nurses United, and a slew of other top individuals and organizations.

Lipinski is endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago-Tribune, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, the Chicago Firefighters Union, and 13 labor unions, including Illinois AFL-CIO. The congressman has also won the endorsements of 30 suburban mayors from the 3rd District and 54 women elected officials.

The Illinois 3rd Congressional District includes sections of Chicago’s Southwest Side, and the south and western suburbs up to the Cook-DuPage border and a small part of Will County. The winner of Tuesday’s contest will face off against neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier Art Jones in November, who is the lone candidate running in the GOP primary.

Follow here as we update vote percentages as soon as they come in after the polls close at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.