Rep. Sean Casten defeats AOC ally Rep. Marie Newman in Illinois Democratic congressional primary

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Incumbent Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., secured his party's nomination and defeated his progressive rival, incumbent Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., the Associated Press projects, and will advance to the general election against a Republican this fall as he hopes to continue representing residents of Illinois' 6th Congressional District in the House.

Casten, who had 64% of the vote when the AP called the race, swept the Tuesday primary race after new boundaries were drawn as part of a redistricting effort for the 6th District, with both Casten and Newman losing some of their former voters. As with eight other primary elections taking place across the country this year, the battle for the 6th District in Illinois featured an incumbent-to-incumbent face off.

Casten, a graduate from Dartmouth College who is viewed as a more moderate Democrat in the House, has represented the 6th District in Congress since 2019. He was first elected in 2018 after he defeated six-term incumbent Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, marking the first time a Democrat had held the 6th district seat since 1972. Casten was re-elected in 2020.

Newman, considered a progressive Democrat in the House who has enjoyed support from Justice Democrats, a far-left organization that helps elect progressive candidates, currently represents the state's Third Congressional District in the House. She has held that position since she was first elected in 2020 after defeating her Republican challenger in the general election. She won against incumbent Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski in the Democratic primary with the backing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y.

Both Casten and Newman found themselves engaged in controversy throughout their time in Congress.

A video of Casten, reportedly filmed in late 2019, surfaced in 2020 and showed the then-freshman congressman playing with his band in Downers Grove, Illinois, and calling... (Read more)