Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013
The filing deadline was on January 7, 2013.
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
General Election Candidates
- Anthony Beale, alderman
- John Blyth
- O. Patrick Brutus
- Clifford Eagleton 
- Ernest Fenton
- Debbie Halvorson, former congressional representative
- Gregory Haynes
- Robin Kelly, Cook County Chief Administrative Officer 
- Victor Jonathan
- Fatimah Muhammad
- Larry Pickens
- Charles Rayburn
- Mel Reynolds, former congressional representative 
- Joyce Washington
- Anthony Williams
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
Withdrawn before primary
- Napoleon Harris, state senator-elect, withdrew January 30, 2013 and endorsed Robin Kelly
- Toi Hutchinson, state senator, withdrew February 17, 2013 and endorsed Robin Kelly
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 three positions are as follows: Clifford Eagleton, Napoleon Harris, and Anthony Beale. Toi Hutchinson was slated to appear third, before Beale, but she dropped out of the race on Feb. 17. In a separate lottery, Joyce Washington won the bottom spot on the ballot.
Upon her withdrawal from the primary race, Hutchinson - who had previously been endorsed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle - declared her support for former Democratic opponent Robin Kelly. Following Hutchinson's
In addition to Hutchinson, Kelly has been endorsed by current U.S. Representatives Bobby Rush, Danny Davis, and Jan Schakowsky. Rush has said, "Robin Kelly is a woman of integrity and conviction, and President Obama, Congressman Davis and I need her as our partner in ending gun violence. Davis has said "[Kelly is the right person] if we are going to stop the NRA in their tracks, and make our communities safe again." Schakowsky said, "One of the reasons is the gun issue. She has the view that we need to do some sensible violence prevention legislation."
Independence USA super PAC ads
Gun control has come to the forefront in the race with a tv ad tageting Debbie Halvorson and her prior voting record with respect to guns. The ad comes from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC, Independence USA. Some in the field are upset by this external influence, including Clifford Eagleton (D). In a press release submitted to Ballotpedia he says, "“As a citizen and as a candidate I am outraged and alarmed after viewing the 'super PAC' attack ad last night against one of my opponents. This arrogant, brutish well-polished propaganda is meant to confuse and persuade our citizens with misinformation, thereby corrupting the election.” He went on to speak out against the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, stating that it needs to be overturned or legislation needs to be passed "to protect the integrity of elections and democracy in America." David Axelrod took to Twitter to comment on Halvorson's lead in the polls and pro-gun stance, saying that it is "ironic, given carnage in 2d CD."
As reported on February 13, 2013, the super PAC Independence USA has spent $1.3 million in the special election, which is twice the amount spent by the top candidates. This is the super PAC that was started and funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The entirety of this money has been used to target Debbie Halvorson (D) for her "A" rating with the National Rifle Association.
|Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary|
|Poll||Debbie Halvorson||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|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
|U.S. House, Illinois District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jesse Jackson Jr. Incumbent||63.3%||188,303|
|Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
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- Primary candidate form on Chicago Tonight (PBS) February 2013, Beale, Halvorson, Kelly, Fenton, Washington, 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
- Roll Call "Illinois: Harris Drops Out, Backs Kelly in Special," January 30, 2013
- Chicago Sun-Times Hutchinson folds House bid urging supporters to "work hard" for Robin Kelly, February 17, 2013
- 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
- Chicago Tribune "U.S. Reps. Rush, Davis back Kelly for Jackson Jr. seat," February 10, 2013
- Roll Call "Illinois: Schakowsky to Endorse Robin Kelly in Special Election," February 13, 2013
- Chicago Tribune "Halvorson gun views hit in TV ad from Bloomberg super PAC," January 30, 2013
- Clifford Eagleton press release received via email by Ballotpedia staff on February 4, 2013
- Legal Insurrection "'NRA ally' leads Dem primary battle for Jesse Jr seat, February 5, 2013
- Huffington Post "Bloomberg Super PAC Dominates Illinois Special Election," February 15, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"