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Election results: Gun control advocate wins Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat

Election results: Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly easily captured Tuesday's special election for the Congressional seat previously held by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who vacated it under an ethical cloud.


Robin Kelly, seen here after winning the February primary, has been elected to Illinois' 2nd Congressional seat, once held by Jesse Jackson, Jr. Ms. Kelly has received criticism for accepting New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun money.

Charles Rex Arbogast / AP / File

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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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