Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013

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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.[1][2]

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).[3]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 7, 2013
February 26, 2013
April 9, 2013


Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Rumored but did not file

Democratic Party Sam Adam, Jr., Chicago attorney.
Democratic Party Donne Trotter, state senator
Democratic Party Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President[7]
Democratic Party Jonathan Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s brother
Independent Marcus Lewis, 2012 candidate

Race background

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

On January 28, 2013, Toi Hutchinson received the endorsement of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.[11]


Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
Poll Debbie Halvorson Toi HutchinsonRobin KellyNapoleon HarrisMel ReynoldsAnthony BealeOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Normington-Petts (January 8-10)
GBA Strategies (January 3-7)
AVERAGES 20.5% 14% 11.5% 8% 7.5% 7.5% 3.5% 27.5% +/-4.65 450
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District History


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.[12]

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse Jackson Jr. Incumbent 63.3% 188,303
     Republican Brian Woodworth 23.2% 69,115
     Independent Marcus Lewis 13.5% 40,006
Total Votes 297,424
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


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.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse L. Jackson, Jr. Incumbent 80.5% 150,666
     Republican Isaac C. Hayes 13.8% 25,883
     Green Anthony W. Williams 5.6% 10,564
Total Votes 187,113

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