Rep. Stephen Lynch beats back progressive challenger in Massachusetts

Rep. Stephen Lynch beats back progressive challenger in Massachusetts
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Rep. Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchOvernight Defense: Dems divided on length of stopgap spending measure | Afghan envoy agrees to testify before House panel | Trump leans into foreign policy in campaign's final stretch Afghan envoy agrees to testify before House panel after subpoena threat Overnight Defense: Trump's battle with Pentagon poses risks in November | Lawmakers launch Fort Hood probe | Military members can't opt out of tax deferral MORE defeated a progressive primary challenger to earn the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts’s 8th Congressional District on Tuesday. 

Lynch, who first arrived in the House in 2001, bested Robbie Goldstein, a physician who ran a progressive campaign centered around ideological change in Washington.

The seat was one of several safe-blue districts in which progressives looked to defeat longtime incumbents, though the Boston-area district leans more moderate than many other areas liberals have targeted.

Lynch will likely have little difficulty holding onto his seat, which he was reelected to while running unopposed in 2018.