Booker endorses Lipinski challenger

Booker endorses Lipinski challenger
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Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Bloomberg campaign lobbied Yang for endorsement, possible VP offer: report Warren calls for changes to presidential pardon power, pledges to create clemency board MORE (D-N.J.) endorsed Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiOcasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements America needs a transformative transportation bill: It will take walking and biking to get there More than 200 lawmakers urge Supreme Court to 'reconsider' Roe v. Wade MORE's (D-Ill.) primary challenger, Marie Newman, on Thursday, saying it was time for "new leadership" in the Illinois district.

Booker cited Newman's stances on health care, women's reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights as his reasons for throwing his support behind Newman. 

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“That is why I believe it is time for new leadership in Illinois’ Third District from a candidate who shares our party’s values," Booker said in a statement. "I am proud to support Marie, who will be a champion for equality and justice for the families of her district. I look forward to campaigning with and for her tomorrow and in the coming months.”

The senator's campaign announced that Booker will join Newman at a campaign event in Chicago on Friday. 

Lipinski is seen as a Blue Dog Democrat who liberals say is too conservative for the party. The congressman voted against the Affordable Care Act and has voiced opposition to abortion. 

Liberals have, in turn, flocked to Newman as their preferred choice to represent Illinois's 3rd Congressional District, which includes parts of Cook County. The district was previously represented by his father, former Rep. Bill Lipinski (D-Ill.). 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders holds 13-point lead in Fox News poll MORE (D-Mass.), who is also running for president, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez cuts census ad with Lin-Manuel Miranda Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Industry group warns fracking ban could cost 7.5M jobs in US MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed Newman last month.