Robin Kelly, who used to be an Illinois state representative, won the Chicago area Democratic primary for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s vacated seat in the United States' House of Representatives, according to the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday evening. It is a foregone conclusion that Kelly will win the election over any Republican challenger in April due to Chicago being extremely lopsided for the Democratic Party.
There are three Republicans vying for the seat, but due to the politics of Chicago, Kelly will handily defeat the Republican opponent. Jackson even won in November with big numbers in spite of his health and alleged-criminal problems at that time. Jackson ultimately pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds earlier this month.
Kelly’s run for the position was quite controversial in that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg became involved with the race by handing over $2 million in television ads to see that Kelly was elected for her view on gun control which aligns with the beliefs of President Barack Obama’s views.
Kelly stated in her victory speech on Tuesday that her win was definitely a setback for the National Rifle Association. Her primary opponent, Debbie Halvorson, a former United States representative from the area, is a strong advocate of the NRA and was thought to have a good chance of winning the election before Mayor Bloomberg put his money on Kelly.