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>> Democratic voters are eager to send a message to President Trump and take control of Congress this fall. And that's got some centrist Democratic lawmakers fighting for their political lives. I'm Andy Sullivan in Chicago, where Democratic voters are deciding whether to stick with incumbent Representative Dan Lipinski or go with his liberal challenger, Marie Newman.
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It's a struggle between center and left that's playing out in dozens of primary contests across the country as Democrats select their candidates for the November Congressional elections. The party's benefiting from a surge of anti-Trump energy. The question is whether that energy will push the party too far to the left and compromise its ability to win control of Congress in the fall.
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Lipinski is one of a shrinking number of Democrats who hold socially conservative views. He's opposed to abortion and gay marriage, and he voted against President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act. He warns that the party is at the risk of being less tolerant of people who deviate from liberal orthodoxy.
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>> Marie Newman has ascribed to more extreme positions. Hasn't really had a positive agenda. So more like the Tea Party of just say no, and just yelling and screaming.>> Newman says Lipinski is simply out of step with today's Democratic party.>> When you are a far right radical Republican, which he is, he votes against all Democratic platform issues, everybody looks far left, right?
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So I'm just a true blue Democrat. And he is a far right radical Republican.>> Some voters say they're backing Lipinski because they're uncomfortable with the party's embrace of gay rights and other issues.>> I'm old school. I'm not up-to-date with all of the things that she represents.
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LGBTQ, it's not my bailiwick.>> Others say it's time for a change.>> I don't feel that he's actually really representing who we are. He's very centrist, which, in it's own way, can be a good thing. But there's lots of progressive things that I would like him to champion, which he doesn't.
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>> This particular election isn't likely to affect Democrats' chances one way or another in November. Republicans haven't won around here in decades. But the outcome of this particular race could be an early signal of whether this fall's crop of Democrats will include a large number of moderates. Or whether it's going to be a more ideologically uniform group of liberals who might not appeal to as broad a spectrum of voters.