Kelly Wins Dem. Nod for Ex-Rep. Jackson Jr.'s Seat

By: The AP
By: The AP

GOP race in Jackson Jr.'s district not called

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Republican primary in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is still too close to call.

   With 97 percent of precincts reporting in the Chicago area 2nd District, only a few votes separated Paul McKinley of Chicago and Eric Wallace of Flossmoor.

   Former state Rep. Robin Kelly won the Democratic nomination. She's widely expected to win the April 9 special election because the district is strongly Democratic. Kelly former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale.

   Jackson resigned in November. He pleaded guilty this month to federal conspiracy charges for spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly has won the Democratic primary to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Kelly, from the southern Chicago suburb of Matteson, won Tuesday's special election.

That means the former Illinois House member will face the winner of the Republican primary in the April 9 special election. She's entering the race with a big advantage because the Chicago-area 2nd Congressional District is heavily Democratic.

Kelly is a strong supporter of gun control. Her campaign benefited from a $2 million ad campaign funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC. The ads targeted one of her two opponents, former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, for her position on guns.

Jackson resigned in November. He pleaded guilty this month to spending about $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items

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