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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure 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) John RyanThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' MORE (D-Ohio) for leadership of the party in 2016. 

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Newman is running to unseat Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiDems walk Trump trade tightrope Dem rep: You can't be a Democrat if you don't support abortion, LGBTQ rights Dem facing primary challenge says he'll vote for LGBT equality bill 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 SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.) earlier this month backed Newman in the race.

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