Kelly Cruises to Victory in Race for Jackson Jr. Seat
Vocal gun control supporter faces tough challenge in House
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 4:00 AM CDT
Republican Paul McKinley, an ex-con turned community activist, lost heavily in the special election.   (AP Photo/Courtesy the McKinley for Congress Campaign)

(Newser) – Robin Kelly has, as widely expected, cruised to an easy victory over her Republican opponent in the race for the Chicago-area House seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr.'s resignation. Kelly—a firm supporter of gun control whose primary campaign was bankrolled by Michael Bloomberg—won after raising more than 80 times as much as her Republican opponent, a community activist who spent around 20 years in jail for armed robberies and burglaries, Politico reports.

But for Kelly—whose three predecessors all left amid scandals—winning is probably the easy part, the AP finds. She faces huge expectations on a national scale because of her support for gun control, and on a local scale, in a poor district to which her powerful predecessor managed to bring more than $1 billion over 17 years. "When a freshman person goes in dealing with guys who are well-grounded and unwilling to negotiate, nothing's going to transfer. The fact is that she is almost facing an insurmountable task," says a local mayor.

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Apr 10, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
Oooooh, big win. An 11% voter turnout is certainly impressive. Even with Bloomberg's millions of dollars in support, this is all he could do. I guess Chicago is now being run by Bloomberg, not Emmanuelle.
Apr 10, 2013 6:38 AM CDT
The other candidate obviously has better credentials for the post. After all a felony conviction or two is just what it takes to succeed in Washington.
Apr 10, 2013 4:44 AM CDT
When these people say they do not want to disarm American citizens, when they say all they want is "reasonable compromise" just remember they are lying. Here is proof of Mike Martinez of Austin Texas at a rally telling the truth about his plans to register then confiscate all weapons. Mexico has an outright ban on guns and guess what? Only the corrupt federales and drug lords have guns and the average citizen is subjugated to this tyranny. The shit stops here, when will we make our stand?