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Primary in Illinois' 2nd District Special Election

26 February 2013

by Ben Raker

Six days after Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to the misuse of campaign funds, voters in his long-held district go the polls to begin the process of finding a replacement. The newly opened seat which Jackson had held for 17 years attracted a multitude of contenders – 22 in all, 17 Democrats and 5 Republicans for today's primary. Only three candidates took our questionnaire and demonstrated their Political Courage, roughly 14%, which is, sadly, par for the course when it comes to congressional candidates.

UPDATE: Robin Kelly wins Democratic primary, Republican candidate still uncertain.
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Related tags: blog, Congressional-candidates, elections, Illinois


Rick Meyer says...

Posted on March 1, 2013 @ 11:17 a.m.

And to think everybody was hoping that after the election there will be a sudden drop in property taxes and an increase in the quality of health care and social services. I should really stop getting my hopes up every election year.

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