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Incumbent Reps. Sean Casten, Marie Newman pitted against each other in 3rd District Democratic primary

ORLAND PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Two incumbent members of Congress are operating against each other in the sixth Congressional District Democratic primary.

As CBS 2’s Chris Tye reported, it was a scorching, busy, and chippy Primary Election Day between designates for candidates of all stripes on the Orland Park Sports Complex on the southern border of the redrawn district.

From the south, the district consists of Orland Park, Alsip, and Oak Lawn, and it goes as far west as elements of Wheaton as much as Lombard and Elmhurst. The district used to increase north into McHenry and western Lake counties.

The two Democratic frontrunners in the race are Rep. Marie Newman (D-Illinois) who now represents the 3rd Illinois Congressional District, and Rep. Sean Casten (D-Illinois) who represents the present sixth.

There are a number of storylines right here – not the least of which is that Casten has primarily stopped campaigning because the loss of life of his 17-year-old daughter, Gwen, earlier this month. He isn’t having a victory occasion if he wins.

Newman was in Orland Park Tuesday afternoon, shaking arms and campaigning. Her present 3rd District represents elements of the South and Southwest sides of Chicago and the southwest suburbs in Cook and Will counties.

Casten and Newman have been allies for years as members of the Illinois Democratic caucus. But one in every of them will cease representing Illinois and carve out a brand new path after Tuesday evening.

It is unclear if we’ll hear from Casten in any respect Tuesday evening if he wins. Newman has a victory rally slated for Countryside, and CBS 2 might be there for it.

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