Rep. Lipinski, Democrat who opposed LGBTQ rights, unseated in Ill. primary

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Rep. Dan Lipinski, photo via Facebook.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), who gained a reputation for being one of the last remaining Democrats in Congress who opposes LGBTQ rights, lost his claim to the Democratic nomination for re-election on Tuesday.

Democratic challenger Marie Newman was declared the victor in her bid to wrest the nomination from Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd congressional district. With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Newman had 47.7 percent of the vote compared to Lipinski’s 43.6 percent.

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Anti-LGBT Democrat narrowly holds seat in Ill. primary

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One of the last remaining Democrats with an anti-LGBT record narrowly clung to his seat Tuesday night when the smoke cleared after a primary battle against an opponent backed by progressive groups.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) was declared the winner early Wednesday morning against challenger Marie Newman, according to the election results from the Chicago Sun-Times,. With 483 of 500 precincts reporting, Lipinksi claimed 50.9 percent of the vote compared to the 49.1 percent won by Newman.

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Pelosi, HRC on opposite sides over re-election of anti-LGBT Democrat

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: A coalition is seeking to unseat anti-LGBT Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), but he has support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Washington Blade photo of Pelosi by Michael Key; photo of Lipinski public domain.

The nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group is spearheading a $1.3 million effort to unseat from Congress a nearly extinct animal — an anti-LGBT Democrat — in an upcoming primary, but that effort runs contrary to the position of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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