Pro-Gun Control Dem Wins Ill. Race on Bloomberg Dime

$2M ad blitz fires Kelly to primary victory in 'message' to NRA

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2013 3:49 AM CST

(Newser) – A pro-gun control candidate has won the first congressional contest since the Sandy Hook school shooting, reports CNN. Robin Kelly defeated National Rifle Association-approved rival Debbie Halvorson to win the Democratic primary for the Chicago-area House seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bankrolled a $2 million pro-Kelly ad campaign that made guns the contest's central issue, Reuters reports.

"The voters sent a message that tells the NRA that their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end," Kelly told supporters. "And their days of scaring Congress into submission on gun control are coming to a close." After she was declared the winner, Bloomberg said the result should send a message to Washington. "As Congress considers the president's gun package, voters in Illinois have sent a clear message: We need common sense gun legislation now. Now it's up to Washington to act."

Debbie Halvorson, Kelly's chief rival, has an A rating from the National Rifle Association.
Debbie Halvorson, Kelly's chief rival, has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.
Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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