After a career of trying to delicately navigate the issue, and appeal to both liberal activists and his fellow Catholics, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told The Associated Press on Tuesday, after initially hesitating, that he would support enshrining abortion rights into federal law “should it become necessary,” a position other presidential candidates had already taken.
And in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards, a conservative Democrat facing re-election this year, is facing similar pressure. Mr. Edwards recently said he would sign a so-called heartbeat bill, which restricts abortion after a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus, usually about six weeks into a pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. The declaration angered some progressives, including Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor’s race last year, and who said on Tuesday that she was “a little annoyed with the governor of Louisiana.”
In Chicago, though, progressive activists are more than a little annoyed with Mr. Lipinski, a low-key, eighth-term legislator, and Ms. Bustos, who hails from western Illinois but has been thought to harbor statewide ambitions.
They tried to oust Mr. Lipinski last year but fell short because of his enduring support from Chicago’s Democratic organization, an influx of money, and votes from Republicans and independents.
The son of former Representative William Lipinski, who bequeathed him the seat, Mr. Lipinski has long raised the ire of his party’s base, and not just because of abortion. He opposed the Affordable Care Act, refused to endorse President Barack Obama’s re-election and has been uneasy about gay rights (though in a sign that he is trying to position himself for re-election, Mr. Lipinski last week did support a sweeping measure protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans).
And like Joseph Crowley and Michael Capuano, big-city House Democrats felled in primaries last year by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Mr. Lipinski represents a mix of gentrifying and diverse precincts.
The district also includes a swath of Chicago’s more moderate southwest suburbs, but it is still a heavily Democratic seat, so much so that Republicans did not compete for the nomination last year and a Nazi sympathizer became their nominee.