Kelly Wins IL Race for Jackson Seat, Declares Message to NRA


Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly easily won the special Democratic primary yesterday in the race to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, helped by millions of dollars in pro-gun control ads from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political fund, the Chicago Tribune reports. A snowstorm and lack of voter interest kept turnout low as Kelly had 52 percent to 25 percent for former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson and 11 percent for Chicago 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale. Kelly framed her win as a victory for gun control forces. “You sent a message that was heard around our state and across the nation,” Kelly told supporters. “A message that tells the NRA that their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end.” Halvorson made it clear she believed her biggest opponent was the mayor of New York, whose anti-gun super political action committee spent more than $2.2 million attacking her previous support from the National Rifle Association while backing Kelly.

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