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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 PelosiBiden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Biden rebuffs Democrats, keeps refugee admissions at 15,000 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) RyanBusinessman Mike Gibbons jumps into GOP Senate race in Ohio Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (D-Ohio) for leadership of the party in 2016. 

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Newman is running to unseat Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiHouse votes to condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women Five things we learned from this year's primaries Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates 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 SandersSirota: Biden has not fulfilled campaign promise of combating union-busting tactics Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Progressives put Democrats on defense MORE (I-Vt.) earlier this month backed Newman in the race.

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