Democratic Congressman Danny Davis wins in Chicago’s progressive primary challenge

Democratic Congressman Danny Davis wins in Chicago’s progressive primary challenge

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.

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