Belated support from President Joe Biden helped longtime Rep. Danny Davis weather a primary challenge from progressive Kina Collins on Tuesday night to represent Chicago 13th House term.
Collins, a 31-year-old gun violence prevention activist, has won support from a number of progressive groups, including the Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement. Davis, 80, has more establishment support, with both the state’s AFL-CIO and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker backing him.
Biden endorsed Davis late in the campaign — Sunday morning, long after early voting began — calling him “an effective leader and lawmaker deeply rooted in his community.”
Collins responded that the support showed Davis’ desperation. “He knows that voters are ready to be led by a new generation of people power.
However, she’s not entirely at a disadvantage. After losing his last challenge to Davis in 2020, Collins has raised about $150,000 more than him this time around and outpaced him. She also won support from the editorial board of the state’s largest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune.
Davis has long been a reliable liberal voter — he’s a former member of the Democratic Socialists of America. But Collins believes the black-majority District 7 could use a more dynamic and active member.