Robin Kelly (pictured) is the winner of the Democratic primary in the Second Congressional District special election. Kelly, a former state representative from Matteson who ran and lost for state treasurer in 2010, garnered 52 percent of the vote in a 16-way race. Second was former Congressman Debbie Halvorson, with 24 percent.
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Kelly’s speech to her supporters was all about gun control. “You told the NRA and their allies in Congress and around the country that we, we the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandchildren, friends and neighbors, the families of the fallen, the neighbors living in fear, we are united in our mission to end the killing in our streets,” she said, promising to advocate for a ban on assault weapons and to close the so-called gun show loophole, which allows gun purchases at gun shows without a background check.
On the Republican side, the primary is as yet too close to call. Paul McKinley, an activist and ex-offender who lives in Chicago, holds a 23-vote lead in a five-way contest, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
The general election is April 9 to fill the seat that has been vacant since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned in November. The district covers part of Chicago, much of the South Suburbs in Cook and Will counties, and all of Kankakee County.
SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
w—Robin Kelly – 30,666 – 52 percent
Debbie Halvorson – 14,500 – 24 percent
Anthony Beale 6,390 – 11 percent
(w = winner)
Joyce Washington, Ernest Fenton, Anthony Williams, Mel Reynolds, Clifford Eagleton, Fatimah Muhammad, Gregory Haynes, Larry Pickens, John Blyth, Victor Jonathan, Charles Rayburn and Patrick Brutus also ran, but got less than 5 percent of the vote. State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) withdrew, but her name was still on the ballot. She received 1,591 votes (3 percent)