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 UnderwoodRep. Veronica Escobar elected to represent freshman class in House leadership Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Club for Growth extends advertising against House Dems over impeachment MORE (D-Ill.) Tuesday. All three unseated Republicans in 2018 and are running for their second term.


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-CortezOn The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings Overnight Energy: Perry replacement faces Ukraine questions at hearing | Dem chair demands answers over land agency's relocation | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez drum up support for Green New Deal public housing plan MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Sanders: Fighting anti-Semitism 'is very personal' 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 TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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."