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Report: 5 House Democrats Likely to Face Primary Challengers

At least five House Democrats are already on thin ice within their own party.

By NTK Staff | 01.30.2019 @11:15am
Report: 5 House Democrats Likely to Face Primary Challengers

Five House Democrats elected in 2018 are already confronting the fact that they are very likely to face primary challenges from fellow Democrats in the 2020 election, according to a new report from The Hill.

The five Democrats facing primary challengers, or who could soon, include Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and Seth Moulton (D-MA).

Here’s a quick breakdown on why each member is facing or is likely to face off against a fellow Democrat next year:


Justice Democrats, a grass-roots group that backed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in her stunning primary victory over former Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) last year, began actively encouraging potential candidates to mount primary challenges against Cuellar.


[Lynch’s 2018 primary challenger Brianna] Wu has so far positioned herself to the left of Lynch, endorsing progressive proposals like “Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal, a massive economic stimulus package that seeks to transform the country’s energy supply.

Still, it likely won’t be easy to oust Lynch. He carried 71 percent of the vote in last year’s primary and ended his general election bid with $1.45 million in cash on hand. That’s far more than the roughly $135,000 Wu raked in during her campaign.


Shortly after Gabbard announced she’d mount a long-shot run for president in 2020, the Hawaii Democrat drew a primary challenge from state Sen. Kai Kahele. …

Kahele, a veteran who served in the Hawaii Air National Guard, has already earned some fast support, including from liberal news site Daily Kos, which called him a “solid progressive.”


Lipinski faced his toughest primary challenge to date in 2018, defeating marketing consultant and first-time candidate Marie Newman by less than 3 points. Lipinski easily won in November in his suburban Chicago district.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, which was one of the heavyweights behind Lipinski’s 2018 primary challenge, told The Hill earlier this month that they’re already meeting with Democrats who are interested in taking on Lipinski in 2020.


Moulton irked some Democrats back at home when he initially withheld support for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reclaiming the Speaker’s gavel after Democrats took back the House in 2018. Moulton eventually backed Pelosi for Speaker after a deal was struck on term limits for leadership positions.

At one of Moulton’s town halls last year, some constituents organized pro-Pelosi protesters and reportedly told The Boston Globe that they’re looking to help support a primary opponent.

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