Robin Kelly to Succeed Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Congressional Seat

Former Illinois state representative wins special election.

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robin kellyFormer Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly won Tuesday’s special election to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr., as congressional representative.

Kelly, whose campaign received $2 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, came out victorious against Republican community activist Paul McKinley, three independent candidates and a Green Party candidate in a race to replace the troubled Jackson, who was once the city’s golden politician but succumbed to health issues and a financial scandal, pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds.

As the successor of the 17-year incumbent Jackson, Kelly has promised to champion anti-gun violence in Washington.

Read more at Newsone.