Progressive group endorses three House freshmen

Progressive group endorses three House freshmen
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A progressive group threw its support behind three House freshmen who flipped Republican-held seats in last year’s midterms.

Democracy for America (DFA) officially endorsed Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.) and Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodSerena Williams, Mark Cuban invest in company working to end black maternal mortality Freshman members form bipartisan task force on election vulnerabilities ahead of 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: Debate puts Biden on the defensive MORE (D-Ill.) Tuesday. All three unseated Republicans in 2018 and are running for their second term.

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DFA cast all three House members as allies of a slate of progressive causes, including expanding health care and combating climate change.

The support comes as progressive groups are intending to flex their muscle in 2020 primaries. DFA has already announced endorsements for progressive stars like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to 'go back where you came from' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump's handling of 'send her back' chant: 'It's Charlottesville 2.0' Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not 'lead people on' MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump's handling of 'send her back' chant: 'It's Charlottesville 2.0' Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not 'lead people on' MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump's handling of 'send her back' chant: 'It's Charlottesville 2.0' Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not 'lead people on' MORE (D-Mich.). 

 

“In just a few short months, Mike has established himself as a steadfast champion for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and the battle against income inequality. He’s governing on the values he ran on and the vision for the future of the country ... that inspired a historic number of Americans to turn out in the 2018 midterm elections,” DFA CEO Yvette Simpson said in a press release announcing the endorsement for Levin.

DFA noted that Porter supports similar policies and that Underwood is the youngest black woman to ever win a seat in Congress.

Of the three new endorsees, Underwood is likely facing the toughest reelection challenge. Though she has yet to attract a Democratic primary challenger, a number of Republicans are looking to take her on in a district that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE won by nearly 4 points in 2016. Her Illinois district is rated a "toss-up" by Cook Political Report.

Meanwhile, Levin's race is rated "likely Democratic" while Porter's district is rated "lean Democratic."