Summer Lee wins Democratic primary in historic congressional bid


HARRISBURG, Pa. — Summer Lee won a five-way Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in Pittsburgh, making her the heavily Democratic district’s favorite to win the fall general election and become the first black woman elected to Congress from Pennsylvania. .

Friday was the fourth day of ballot counting after Tuesday’s primary in the hotly contested race for the 12th District open seat.

Lee, a second-term member of the State House, lawyer and former labor organizer, comes from the progressive wing of the party. She was endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a two-time presidential candidate and dominant left-wing voice in the Democratic Party, who came to campaign for Lee.

Lee defeated second-placed Steve Irwin, who was endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Party and supported by prominent county Democrats.

The seat is open because longtime Representative Mike Doyle – first elected in 1994 – is no longer running. It also has new boundaries since Pennsylvania’s congressional districts were redrawn to account for a decade of demographic changes identified by the 2020 census.

Lee will face the Republican nominee of the same name as the Democratic incumbent – Mike Doyle – in the fall general election.


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