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Robin Kelly wins Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat

CHICAGO -- Former state Rep. Robin Kelly has won the special election for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacated Illinois congressional seat.

Kelly, a Democrat, was widely expected to win Tuesday's contest over Republican community activist Paul McKinley. The strongly Democratic Chicago-area district includes suburbs and rural areas.

Kelly, 56, easily won the special primary in February from a crowded field of candidates including former Congressman Debbie Halvorson. The main issue in that race quickly became gun control and Kelly, who was endorsed by President Barack Obama, agot a huge boost from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC, which supported her gun control stance. Kelly is in favor of an assault weapons ban and has vowed to be a leader in the federal fight for gun control.

Jackson resigned in November. In February, he pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of misspending campaign funds.

-- AP

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