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>> So interesting evening.>> A setback for liberals in Chicago on Tuesday night as long serving lawmarker Dan Lipinski narrowly survived a primary challenge from activist Marie Newman in a race so close that Newman went home before the results were even announced.>> It's this close.>>
>> I'm Andy Sullavin in Chicago where Newman supporters are drowning their sorrows at a craft brewery after their candidate came up just short. They're part of an extraordinary wave of grassroots energy this year. In this instance, we're not taking aim at Donald Trump, but against a sitting Democrat who they say has voted against their interests for far too long.
In the end, Lipinski was able to survive. But this race is a vivid illustration of the tensions within the Democratic party as it tries to win back control of Congress in November. The primary scene is an early test of whether the anti-Trump sentiment that's galvanizing Democratic voters could also sweep some centrist lawmakers out of office.
Newman argued that Lipinski's conservative social views made him a poor fit for the district and the party as a whole. Newman sang, she managed to move him to the left on immigration and health care vowing to keep up the pressure.>> There's many things we can move him on more.
So, let's be clear, the fight is not over and it's not done.>> Lipinski, earlier on Tuesday, argued that Democrats need to avoid ideological litmus test in order to win back the working class voters who have abandoned them.>> Donald Trump was elected President, because there are Democrats that felt like the Democratic party was not standing up enough for working people.
I don't think that's true, but we let that become the image among some of our voters.>> The last time the Democrats held the majority of the ranks included dozens of centrists. Since then the party is moved steadily to the left. This race has perhaps an indication that there's still room for candidates who don't line up exactly with liberal orthodoxy.
We're gonna see this clash play out dozens of times in the month and across the country as the Democratic field take shape ahead of the November Congressional elections.