PRIMARY ROUNDUP | MI-13 | MS-3 | IL-3

Pelosi Backs Lipinski in Divided Dem Primary

State legislator Michael Evans entered the MS-03 open-seat race at the filing deadline.

March 2, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

IL-03: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “said Thursday she supports” Rep. Dan Lipinski (D) “and his bid for re-election, even as other Democrats have said they oppose him because he opposes legal abortion. … Despite her own pro-choice stance, Pelosi does not have a litmus test on the issue when it comes to members in her own party.” (Washington Examiner)

MI-13: “The race for the open congressional seat vacated by” Rep. John Conyers (D) “started out as a family affair but with 10 candidates now in the race, there are concerns the vote could be hopelessly split and result in the election of someone other than a black Detroiter to a seat traditionally and historically linked to both.”

Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th District Democratic Party: “That is a very, very, very big concern among a lot of folks that I talk to.”

“In a race earlier defined by the candidacies of Conyers’ son,” hedge fund manager John Conyers III (D), and his grand-nephew, state Sen. Ian Conyers (D), it is now Westland Mayor Bill Wild (D) — “a white candidate who is mayor of the second-largest city in the district — whose presence looms large over conversations about the campaign among people who spoke to the Free Press. So does that of” former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D), whose Palestinian heritage “could also motivate blocs of Muslim and Arab-American voters elsewhere in the district south and west of the city.” (Detroit Free Press)

MS-03: State Rep. Michael Evans (R) announced his bid Thursday for retiring Rep. Gregg Harper’s (R) seat, emphasizing his opposition to abortion and the need for infrastructure improvements in the state.

Evans: “Mississippians deserve a real voice in Congress. It is time for serious leadership and representation in Washington, D.C.” (Mississippi News Now)

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