Ill. Dem on support for Pelosi: ‘I would have to see who’s running’

Ill. Dem on support for Pelosi: ‘I would have to see who’s running’
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A progressive Democrat running for a House seat in Illinois said in a new interview that she might not support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (D-Calif.) as the Democrats' leader.

“I would have to see who’s running,” Marie Newman told The New York Times when asked if she would back Pelosi as Speaker if Democrats seize control of the House.

Republicans have attempted to tie Democratic candidates in last week's Pennsylvania special election and other races across the country to Pelosi, who is unpopular in certain districts.

Pelosi downplayed such criticism, however, saying Democratic candidate Conor Lamb won the election in Pennsylvania.

She also defeated a challenge from Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOffice of Technology Assessment: It's time for a second coming Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far GM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio MORE (D-Ohio) for leadership of the party in 2016. 

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Newman is running to unseat Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiMore than 200 lawmakers urge Supreme Court to 'reconsider' Roe v. Wade Democratic group to only endorse attorney general candidates who back abortion rights Democrats unveil impeachment procedures MORE (D-Ill.), who has held his seat for more than a decade. His father previously represented the district.

Progressives have been heavily targeting Lipinski, arguing that his views are out of touch with the district and Democratic Party. 

A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling shows Lipinski with 43 percent of the vote and Newman with 41 percent. Fifteen percent of likely Democratic primary voters are undecided.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll Warren calls for Brazil to drop charges against Glenn Greenwald MORE (I-Vt.) earlier this month backed Newman in the race.

Newman and Lipinski will square off in a primary on Tuesday.