Kelly wins the Democratic primary; Republican candidate still uncertain

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February 26, 2013

Illinois

By Zac Humphrey

CHICAGO, Illinois: Illinois Democrats and Republicans saw completely different outcomes when polls closed for the 2nd congressional district special election primary. With over 50% of the vote, Robin Kelly (D) advanced to the general election on April 9, 2013. Republicans Paul McKinley, Eric Wallace, and Lenny McAllister split the vote and no winner has been declared.[1][2]

The special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D).[3]

The preliminary vote breakdown is as follows:

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kelly 53.3% 31,079
Debbie Halvorson 25.1% 14,650
Anthony Beale 11.1% 6,457
Joyce Washington 4.4% 2,563
Ernest Fenton 2.6% 1,545
Anthony Williams 1.1% 641
Mel Reynolds 0.8% 459
Clifford Eagleton 0.4% 207
Fatimah Muhammad 0.3% 194
Gregory Haynes 0.2% 144
Larry Pickens 0.2% 127
John Blyth 0.2% 104
Victor Jonathan 0.2% 91
Charles Rayburn 0.1% 74
Denise Anita Hill 0% 4
Total Votes 58,339
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul McKinley 29% 963
Eric Wallace 28.3% 939
Lenny McAllister 26.9% 894
Beverly Reid 15.8% 523
Total Votes 3,319
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections

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