U.S. House candidate Kara Eastman enters her election night party on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Field Club in Omaha.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, one of the most prominent leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, has endorsed Kara Eastman.

“Our country needs strong, compassionate leaders like Kara,” Warren said in a statement. “She embodies progressive values and will fight for working families as we hold this administration accountable,” Warren said.

Eastman is a nonprofit executive and Metropolitan Community College Board member who has been Exhibit A nationally for a group that wants to push the party toward progressive issues such as a single-payer health care system and more vocal support of abortion rights.

She took down a former congressman to win the 2nd District Democratic primary in May.

The progressive wing of the party has had several victories since, including Tuesday night’s surprise ouster of New York Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley. He lost in a major upset to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for Bernie Sanders.

Eastman now faces Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican. Bacon has voted with his party on many high-profile items like the tax bill. But he has also tried to position himself as a moderate on some issues, for example, by supporting a pathway to citizenship for DACA youths.

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Roseann covers politics for The World-Herald. Before she came to The World-Herald in 2011, she covered politics for the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader. Follow her on Twitter @roseannmoring. Phone: 402-444-1084.

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