Poll: Is Jesse Jackson Jr. Still a Shoo-in for Re-election?

The Second District congressman has been absent from the campaign trail for two months and is having possibly the most difficult year of his career. Can he still win?

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. seems to have everything going against him this election year.

He is at the center of a Congressional Ethic Committee investigation, his former fundraiser has been arrested and charged with bribery and . To top it all off, . 

Regardless, one of Chicago's top political analysts, . The 17-year United States representative is expected to keep his seat. 

The reason? Simpson pointed to weak opposition.

Jackson's opponents, Republican Brian Woodworth and Independent Marcus Lewis have both commented on Simpson's prediction and neither seems to be shaken in his confidence. 

But what do you think? Would you vote for the longtime incumbent over Lewis and Woodworth?

Let us know in the poll and the comments section.

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lvent August 18, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Isn't he currently in hiding because he is being investigated for trying to buy Obamas vacant Senate seat? Time to vote out the crooks.
Juvenal August 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Between his loyal wife and his blonde cocktail waitress hostess, Junior might be just the legislator needed to give polygamy and multiple marriage the same legitimacy as Gay marriage is now enjoying.....
BUTCH August 18, 2012 at 08:51 PM
the 2 dist is toast as long as JR or a TPARTY candidate is elected is TOAST He is the represenative of the same ole same ole the MANNY HOFFMANS as much as the T party the only difference they do not believe in any economic benefit to anyone except if it can be BAINIZATION while JR is looking out for dad and the family JACKSON! where is the outrage at the DEM'S begging for a few bucks from the mentals who voted for JR and THE president they were the real believers in CHANGE while the MANNY HOFFMAN FRIENDS and MACAU pimps pour BILLIONS into unfit MITT'S coffers while their surrogates have purged millions of voters from WIS-OHIO-PA and FLA the HERMAN CAIN ATTY GEN has sat on his corporate A#* waiting his promotion as a CORPORATE LAWYER it has gone on since 2000 and when they took office in 2008 3-5 years ago didn't they think they would never stop until the PRESIDENT WAS defeated for a second term and now 80 days till the provincial ballots are thrown out the fools who will lose their MEDICAID-MEDICARE and SSA as well as SSI WILL SEND A FEW BUCKS TO THE OBAMA-DEBBIE WASSERMANN SCHULTZ CAMPAIGN and likely reelect a very FLAWED MENTAL to represent them.
BUTCH August 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM
WHILE AWAITING A REPLY FROM THE T-PARTY WHICH DID NOT COME I AM THINKING IF THERE WAS A NEED FOR A REP of the PEOPLE IN THE 2nd DIST TO DO AND GET SOME SUPPORT IT WOULD BE RAISE THE MIN WAGE TO $11 Jr is not alone there are a majority of Dem's in CONGRESS who are GELDINGS and friggin cowards it is the ONLY thing a rep of this district can do the days of going along and drinking the KOOL AID is over even his supporters see how much of a FIREWALL daddy and co has put around him. we have a min wage like a CHINESE coolie how many jobs have they brought home meanwhile FRANCE min wage is $12-Canada of course has a superior safety net that makes ALEC and the SCUMMY KOCH bros lose sleep over. what might happen. CATERPILLAR went back to work after a 3 month strike and record profits pay their workers about the same as when the strike began while the CEO gets 16 million a yr, more pay would help MEDICAID and FOOD STAMPS which is part of the ROMNEY dog whistle the majority of low wage workers are employed by WAL MART-TARGET, McDonald and big corporations all of the big boys ave 10 million to their top executives WHEN has the absent flawed and articulate congressman sponsored a raise of the min wage the only ting that would have helped the unemployed and working poor in the 2 dist or the dist where he lives and sends his kids to school in?
lvent August 19, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Isn't it funny how we only see these politicians when they want money, at election time or when they are involved in a scandal? What a bunch of scammers. We've been had.
Marcus Lewis August 19, 2012 at 09:42 AM
I am the right person at this time. www.facebook.com/marcuslewisforcongress2012
babyboomer August 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM
You are not the right person Marcus Lewis. Nobody knows you, and we are tired of getting scammed by people who are not represented of people in this district. The Dems have had 4 years, and have squandered their chance. The economy is still broken, gas is still high and we are still giving away money to people who arent willing to go work for a living.
babyboomer August 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Joe Lake, you are wrong. It is the business of the district. We can help Jr with his decision by not voting for him, because if we do and he still stays in hiding, then we have elected and are paying for someone to keep on scamming our district. I believe he is in hiding. Well that is his decision, however, we need someone who will represent our interests, not their own.
DJ Morgan August 19, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Your facebook page is just more negative campaigning, nothing on your plan for the second district, or your qualifications.
Marcus Lewis August 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
No one knew David before he slew Goliath. And 'Babyboomer' is not on the ballot but Marcus Lewis is on the ballot. So start to get know me by visiting the website. I know that I am just what this district is looking for ie., an honest hard working man who has dedicated my life toward fighting for those that have been wronged. The top 1% don't work but there are those that want to continue to 'give' over to them commitments to pay for the tax cuts they don't deserve anymore., and the masses of the people have to struggle with cuts in vital programs to pay for them. Oh yes I am the right person to be elected congressman of the 2nd District on Nov. 6th, 2012. Sorry, Republicans won't win in this district. If you won't vote for a 'Fresh Start' with a break from the Democrtic Machine (this is the best opportunity this district EVER HAD!), there are plenty of people who will. I firmly believe that.
judy c perkins August 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
good! glad he's a shoo-in.
BUTCH August 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Jr in rehab for BI-POLAR means he has the BI-POLAR vote locked up they are among the 90 million in the land who do not vote the others know nothing will be done and can be done because the 2nd DIST is like so many nationwide it is in this case a fiefdom for clowns MADIGOON has given it to them after he took all the patronage from TOOTHLESS and unfit TERRY MATHEWS and KEVIN COLON TWNSP COMMITTEEMEN and turned it over to his STATE REP and ally BOBBY RITA head of a similar but more sinister nepotism machine in CALUMET PARK and gave the JACKSONS after they conspired with the AIPAC rep and GOP leader of BLOOM TWNSP Manny Hoffman the 2nd DIST for life if they so desire, all of them take orders from the same people AIPAC WALL STREET CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA and LOBBYISTS of ISRAEL who told MANNY to rid congress of the sole opposition to the ZIONIST NAZI machine, when MEL REYNOLDS ran against GUS the very potent GOP of that time turned out 99% in a DEM PRIMARY for MEL and then thru the poor guy under the bus,what only matters to the scum is no opposition to the NETANYAHOOOO gunmen. They know noone knows or cares about the LIBERTY and the POLLARD case because FOX ignores it. Marcus or whoever may need a job but JR can talk to himself all day in MAYO and be the 2 dist congressmen for life now that he screwed up being a Senator
R August 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
What he do for white people
BUTCH August 19, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Jr and the Pres cut yer taxes even if u are not a 1% or just a nitwit t party guy who thinks he is one IF u really want to ask something from the big looters ask SEN KIRK and JR about the tender loving CARE they get sick stroke or a breakdown including the scumbag 4 JUSTICES on the Supreme court who don't want the 99% to get what they get for free is that SOCIALISM or OLIGARCHISM??
Joe Lake August 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Illinois's 2nd Congressional District-Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois's_2nd_congressional_district Joe lake, Chicago
Consider this... August 21, 2012 at 01:54 AM
mr lahey August 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
this forum is turning into a freak show of the intoxicated wolf =eddie minster = butch patrick wolf = butch now it makes sense!!! i thought the patch had such potential
BUTCH August 21, 2012 at 09:08 PM
are u out of med's what are u talking about?
I Think, Therefore I Vote August 28, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I am wondering, where were was all the indignation expressed here, and there, on Tuesday March 20th. That's when the election was "held". If you did not exercise your vote then, you have gotten what you deserve. If you voted for the Congressman, you "really got" what you deserve. I Think Therefore, I Vote ...
BUTCH August 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
absolutely I voted for myself
V. Scheurich September 11, 2012 at 01:39 AM
No! He needs to release himself from politics and for his own health and go into another line of work! I will not vote for him for that reason.......along with the fact that he is a crook!
V. Scheurich September 11, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Greed has taken over Chicago! This is payback time for Rahm Emanuel now! http://sweetness-light.com/archive/chicago-teachers-strike-despite-16-raise
Marcus Lewis September 11, 2012 at 03:46 AM
THIS IS WHAT HOPE & CHANGE LOOKS LIKE 2ND DISTRICT.... www.marcuslewisforcongress2012.org
Marcus Lewis September 11, 2012 at 05:00 AM
JESSE JACKSON JR., MEET YOUR REPLACEMENT... www.facebook.com/marcuslewisforcongress2012
James Taylor September 11, 2012 at 05:45 AM
flopping around like a big fish out of water. Wait, maybe there is someone else to blame, maybe someone got paid not to write about the "remarkable" Marcus Lewis. Now we hear Jackson Jr. is out of the hospital, back in DC and may be out and about before the Nov. elections. Seems there will be a campaign after all. We will be holding some candidates forums in Kankakee, come on down Lewis and answer the questions, let the people see you and judge for themselves and bring you boy Mr. Lake with you, will be very, very interesting for everybody. By the way, is it true?
Marcus Lewis September 11, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I am surprised you are speaking to me but what do you mean by is it true? By the way what remarkable have you used your paper to write about me lately. And finally what date s have you secured that JCkson will come out of hiding and attend your forum while he is on his sympathy tour?
Paula VanBeek September 21, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I will vote for anybody BUT Jesse!!!!!!
g moore October 16, 2012 at 05:00 AM
If jesse jr is reelected we are officially a pathetic country of idiots!!
Marcus Lewis November 10, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I was right. I told the truth. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/
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