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Ex-Ill. lawmaker elected to succeed Jackson Jr.

April 10, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win in Matteson, Ill., for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District seat, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr. She faces Republican challenger Paul McKinley in the April 9, 2013 special election. Kelly, will have quite a challenge ahead after Tuesday’s election in the overwhelmingly Democratic district, if she wins as expected: She’ll have to fill the shoes of Jackson, whose name and seniority allowed him to bring home lots of bacon, and she’ll have to withstand the spotlight of having won with the help of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun money. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly, whose campaign received a $2 million boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, easily captured Tuesday’s special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

The win for the Matteson Democrat was widely expected as the Chicago-area district, which Jackson represented from 1995 until late last year, has been a Democratic stronghold for roughly six decades. Kelly emerged from a crowded field in the February primary by focusing heavily on anti-gun efforts and was helped by ads from Bloomberg’s super PAC.

Kelly, 56, vowed to become a leader in the federal fight for gun control legislation and echoed the promise after her win.

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