democratic primaries

Lowey faces her first primary challenge in three decades
Powerful chairwoman to face 32-year-old newcomer in Democratic contest

House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, an 82-year-old incumbent who was first elected in 1988, speaks to reporters in July 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The year was 1988. Def Leppard topped the charts and stonewashed jeans were all the rage. It was also the last time powerful House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey faced a primary challenge.

That’s all changed now with the decision by Mondaire Jones, a former Obama administration Justice Department staffer and attorney for Westchester County’s Law Department, to challenge Lowey in next June’s primary. The 32-year-old political novice plans to take on the New York Democratic incumbent over her positions on issues ranging from climate change to student debt forgiveness to oversight of the Trump administration.

Early strike: Progressive groups unite behind Lipinski foe in Illinois
Backing for Marie Newman comes amid tension with Democratic leaders trying to protect incumbents

Marie Newman is making a second primary challenge to Rep. Daniel Lipinski in Illinois and got the early backing of liberal and abortion rights groups Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Several abortion rights and progressive groups announced on Monday they are endorsing Marie Newman’s bid to oust Illinois Rep. Daniel Lipinski in next year’s primary, an unusually early and coordinated strike against one of the of the most moderate Democrats in Congress. 

The endorsements, from EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, MoveOn, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, are among the first from major national organizations for the 2020 primaries. 

Hoyer Defends Urging Candidate to Drop Out of Democratic Primary
Party not dissuaded from intervening in primaries, Hoyer says

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., encouraged one Democrat to drop out of a Colorado race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer defended his role in urging a Democratic candidate to drop out of a primary in Colorado, arguing the party needs to back candidates who can win the general election.

The Maryland Democrat faced sharp criticism from liberal groups Thursday after The Intercept reported Hoyer encouraged Levi Tillemann, who worked in President Barack Obama’s Energy Department, to drop out of the race in Colorado’s 6th District. Hoyer told Tillemann the party was backing attorney and Iraq War veteran Jason Crow. 

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314 Action Looks to Play in Democratic Primaries
Group is supporting candidates with scientific backgrounds

Marchers, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, center, lead the March for Science on Earth Day in 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

314 Action, a group backing candidates with scientific backgrounds, has made new ad buys in a handful of media markets as it looks to be a player in upcoming Democratic primaries.

Along with the ad buys, 314 Action is releasing the results of a national poll conducted earlier this month that showed 72 percent of those surveyed said they were more inclined to support candidates with experience in science.

When Will Sanders Surrender?
Fellow senators give him time but say he should 'respect the math'

Bernie Sanders said he will continue to fight for the Democratic nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Hillary Clinton securing the delegates needed for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders is facing increased pressure to drop out of the race and unite the Democratic party.  

His fellow senators, while giving him time to consider options, say they are confident the Vermont senator will "do the right thing."  

Cory Booker's At Home Preaching the Clinton Gospel
He's hoping New Jersey will give Hillary Clinton a boost heading into the convention

Cory Booker has been a national surrogate for Hillary Clinton, appearing here at an organizing event in Des Moines, Iowa, in January. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has traversed the country for Hillary Clinton.

But days before the Garden State’s presidential primary, the freshman senator and former Newark mayor found himself at home.

Labor Shifts Support in Iowa Democratic Rematch
Monica Vernon is favored over Pat Murphy in 1st District primary next week

Monica Vernon has the backing of much of the Democratic establishment in next week's primary in Iowa's 1st District. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the Democratic primary for Iowa's 1st District, the party establishment and some local labor groups have moved away from the 2014 nominee, rallying instead behind the woman he beat in the primary two years ago.  

Pat Murphy  won 2014's Democratic primary by 13 percent. But the second-place finisher, Monica Vernon, has the upper hand in this year's primary, now less than a week away.  

How Sanders Would Fare Under Different Nominating Rules
Would Hillary Clinton still be the Democratic front-runner?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders currently trails Hillary Clinton in the delegate race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Some of Bernie Sanders' supporters say the Democratic Party's nominating process is rigged against the Vermont senator . They point to the party’s proportional distribution of delegates for making it mathematically impossible for Sanders to catch Hillary Clinton in the race for pledged delegates. We took a look at a few alternatives to the current process to see if they might have been friendlier to the Sanders campaign.  

'The Wire' Actor Arrested Over Bernie-Hillary Beef
Clinton supporter Wendell Pierce allegedly attacked two people in Atlanta

Wendell Pierce attended a State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron with PBS' Gwen Ifill in 2012. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images file photo)

As William "Bunk" Moreland on "The Wire," Wendell Pierce was used to getting into a few scrapes with Baltimore's criminals as well as with his police colleagues. But this past weekend, Pierce was jailed after he got into a rumble with a Bernie Sanders supporter.  

According to gossip site , Pierce, who is a supporter of Hillary Clinton, pushed a man and then went after his girlfriend at an Atlanta hotel after a political discussion got heated. The site said Pierce grabbed the woman by her hair and smacked her in the head.