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Longtime Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis gets Justice Democrats-backed primary challenger

Longtime Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis gets Justice Democrats-backed primary challenger
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A Justice Democrats-backed activist is launching a challenge to longtime Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) in his Chicago-area congressional district.

“I’m excited and humbled to announce that I am running to represent the people of IL-7 in Congress,” said Kina Collins, a gun violence prevention activist, later adding: “This is a watershed moment for our district and for our country, and I believe this urgent moment calls for urgent leadership.” 

Davis has represented Illinois’s deep-blue 7th Congressional District since 1997. But progressives have put him on their target list in recent years as insurgent candidates have unseated other veteran lawmakers across the country. 

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Collins previously challenged Davis in the 2020 primary, finishing in a distant second place. But with Justice Democrats backing her latest campaign, Collins is hoping to consolidate the support of her party’s progressive wing to take out Davis. 

Justice Democrats, a political action committee aligned with progressives, has scored a handful of victories in recent years, most notably in 2018 when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Puerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback MORE (D-N.Y.) unexpectedly unseated longtime Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyIt's time to respect artists Longtime Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis gets Justice Democrats-backed primary challenger Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists MORE (D) in a primary.

Since then, the group has backed successful challenges to other House Democrats, including in Illinois. Last year, former Rep. Dan Lipinski, a conservative Democrat, lost his primary to Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.), who had the support of Justice Democrats in her race.