The 2nd congressional district of Illinois
will hold a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on April 9, 2013.
The primary date has been set for February 26. The election date was initially set for March 19 but Governor Pat Quinn
got unanimous approval from state lawmakers for legislation that would allow the election to coincide with the municipal elections on April 9.
The filing deadline was on January 7, 2013.
The election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D).
| Candidate Filing Deadline
|| Primary Election
|| General Election
| January 7, 2013
|| February 26, 2013
||April 9, 2013
Rumored but did not file
- Sam Adam, Jr., Chicago attorney.
- Donne Trotter, state senator
- Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
- Jonathan Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s brother
- Marcus Lewis, 2012 candidate
Jackson resigned on November 21, 2012, citing medical issues. Jackson had been away from work since June and seeking treatment for bipolar disorder and depression at Mayo Clinic. He also noted a federal investigation into his campaign spending. Despite his prolonged absence, Jackson easily won re-election in the 2012 election.
On December 15, 2012, Cook County Democratic officials failed to give any candidate a majority of the votes in their slating session. Thus, no candidate will be receiving the backing of the Democratic party in the primary, in the form of campaign donations and volunteers. State Senator Donne Trotter appeared to be a frontrunner, but his recent arrest for taking a gun into O'Hare International Airport may have been the reason for his failure to receive the support of the Democratic Party.
Robin Kelly won the ballot position lottery and will appear first on the Democratic primary ballot. The next four positions are as follows: Clifford Eagleton, Napoleon Harris, Toi Hutchinson, and Anthony Beale. In a separate lottery, Joyce Washington won the bottom spot on the ballot.
On January 28, 2013, Toi Hutchinson received the endorsement of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
|Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
||Toi Hutchinson||Robin Kelly||Napoleon Harris||Mel Reynolds||Anthony Beale||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size
|Normington-Petts (January 8-10)||16%||12%||8%||7%||7%||5%||5%||40%||+/-4.9||400|
|GBA Strategies (January 3-7)||25%||16%||15%||9%||8%||10%||2%||15%||+/-4.4||500|
|AVERAGES|| 20.5%|| 14%|| 11.5%|| 8%|| 7.5%|| 7.5%|| 3.5%|| 27.5%|| +/-4.65|| 450|
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The 2nd congressional district of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election in the district.
On November 2, 2010, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Isaac C. Hayes (R) and Anthony W. Williams (G) in the general election.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
||Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Incumbent
|| Isaac C. Hayes
|| Anthony W. Williams
- ↑ Chicago Sun-Times, " March 19 set for election to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — for now," November 26, 2012
- ↑ The Hill, "Illinois House votes for April special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr." November 28, 2012
- ↑ Times Leader "Jockeying under way to replace Rep. Jackson Jr.," November 22, 2012
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Candidates start filing for Jackson Jr.'s old seat in Congress," January 3, 2013
- ↑ Roll Call, "Illinois: Democratic Field Solidifies for 2nd District Special Election," December 3, 2012
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Convicted former Rep. Mel Reynolds wants Jackson seat in Congress," November 28, 2012
- ↑ NBC Chicago "Preckwinkle Running for 2nd Congressional? "Nonsense", December 4, 2012
- ↑ Huffington Post, " Jesse Jackson Jr. Successor: Debbie Halvorson Announces, Cory Brooks Contemplates Run," November 26, 2012
- ↑ The Huffington Post, "Jesse Jackson Jr. Special Election: Candidates To Have Open Primary For Congressional Seat," December 15, 2012
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Kelly wins lottery for top spot on ballot to replace Jackson Jr.," January 8, 2013
- ↑ Roll Call "Illinois: Hutchinson Gets Cook County Board President’s Endorsement," January 28, 2013
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"