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Robin Kelly Wins Democratic Nomination for 2nd Congressional District Seat

Kelly will appear on the general election ballot in April.

After less than three months of campaigning, Robin Kelly has solidified her place on the ballot for the April 9 general election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Candidate Debbie Halvorson’s media contact Sean Howard told Patch Halvorson called Kelly around 8 p.m. to concede, offering well wishes. They agreed to meet up soon to discuss Kelly’s agenda.

Kelly had ., most of which came from South Suburban Cook County (that's us). 

Heavy snowfall throughout Election Day helped to keep voter turnout in the mid-teens, while the candidates made their way to several polling locations in the 2nd District.

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Stuart Kurtz February 28, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Doug, I don't believe that word problems are the topic of anyone's thesis. That said, I don't believe I was confused, nor did I claim that Nick's calculation was incorrect (although it is, as you yourself pointed out). My point was that this was the wrong calculation. Elections are determined by votes cast, not by voters who don't vote.
Doug February 28, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Stuart, I fear I'm agreeing again. Unfortunately voter (and by voter I mean registered or eligible voters) apathy sometimes leads to a candidate being elected who may not necessarily be the best candidate. I'm not saying that is the case this time but however Nick does his calculation the answer is something less that a mandate.
Stuart Kurtz February 28, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Doug, it is my sense that elected officials use self-declared "mandates" as an excuse for doing whatever it is they want to do, and ignoring the electorate that supposedly bestowed this honor. So, while mandates are often claimed, I doubt that they're ever truly earned. In the case of the present election, Kelly will be representing a congressional district that is overwhelmingly Democratic—it went 81% for Obama in both 2008 and 2012. I wouldn't call even this a mandate, but it is indicative of a strong basis of potential support. We'll see how she does in office, and whether she's able to turn potential supporters into voting supporters. As I said, her next real test is likely to be the 2014 Democratic primary. Will she draw serious opposition? I think it's a given that Halvorson will run again, but I think Halvorson's best chance is to wait for redistricting, and the hope that it puts her in a district where her views are representative .
T'sMom February 28, 2013 at 06:18 PM
All I can say is that it is very sad that few people vote in my area (Homewood). When I went to vote in my precinct, in the late afternoon, only 84 people had voted when I placed my ballot. I guess voter apathy by the people in my area, they are content to accept things as they are, to work harder, pay more taxes to receive nothing in return and devalue of your property. I choose to vote though the candidate I selected didn't win I will continue to vote as I am not happy with the people who have represented me in the 2nd district in which I've lived in for years.
Roxanna Scott March 06, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Well done Stuart. I see you've done your homework. Halverson supporters need to move on. It's obvious, the voters didn't like her policies even after she attempted to change her stance on gun control. Just like everyone else, I saw it as a last ditch effort to get elected.

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