Democrat wins easily in Illinois special election
Chicago, Illinois: Candidate Robin Kelly (D) easily defeated lesser-known Republican opponent Paul McKinley and a handful of third-party candidates yesterday to win the open seat in Illinois' 2nd congressional district. With slightly less than 100% of votes counted, Kelly was leading with 70.8% of the vote, Kinley taking in only 22.1% of the vote, and the remaining Green Party and Independent candidates trailing with single-digit percentages.
The district, whose previous representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. resigned in November 2012 amid health concerns and subsequent fraud and conspiracy charges, has been without a voice in the U.S. House for the better part of the last year. Jackson pled guilty to misuse of campaign funds in January and is expected to be sentenced in June 2013.
Kelly had been widely expected to win in the Democrat-leaning district, which includes the South Side of Chicago and its suburbs. She is expected to be sworn in by the end of the week. According to many, Kelly’s fate was essentially sealed when she won the February 26 Democratic primary.
Kelly emerged from a crowded field of Democratic candidates in the February primary by focusing heavily on anti-gun efforts and was helped by ads and funding from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC. Going into the primary, Kelly vowed to become a leader in the federal fight for gun control legislation and echoed the same sentiment after winning the nomination.
She previously represented the 38th district in the Illinois General Assembly before becoming the first African American chief of staff to a constitutional officer in state history when she joined the office of then-Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) in 2007. She unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer in 2010.
|U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Election, 2012|
|Green||LeAlan M. Jones||1.8%||1,531|
|Independent||Curtis Llong Bey||0.7%||548|
|Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections|
|Propositions •||Recall||• Law|
- Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election, 2013
- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
- Robin Kelly
- Illinois elections, 2013
- United States House of Representatives
- Illinois' 2nd congressional district
- United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012
- Special elections to the 113th United States Congress (2013-2014)
- ↑ Politico "2013 Election Results" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ Politico "2013 Illinois 2nd District Special Election Results" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 New York Times "Democrat Wins Race to Fill Jackson’s Seat" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ Politico "Jesse Jackson Jr. resigns from Congress" Accessed November 21, 2012
- ↑ Politico "Robin Kelly captures vacant Illinois House seat" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Washington Post "Robin Kelly wins Illinois special election" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post "Robin Kelly wins Illinois special election" Accessed April 9, 2013