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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Doug February 27, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Gerrymandering Stuart? Isn't that what the "Machine" did recently in northeastern Illinois to make it easier for themselves to get elected?
Stuart Kurtz February 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Juvenal, Halvorson's website is still up. She can speak for herself: http://www.debbiehalvorson.com/issues/gun-control/ What is notable on this list is that she does not consider either an assault gun ban or a limit on magazine size. Given the public framing of the debate, her silence on these matters speaks volumes. If she supported these measures, she could have said so, and de-fanged Bloomberg (at the cost of alienating her natural rural constituency). What I find paradoxical in her list is her desire to create stiff penalties for straw buyers. Absent a national gun database (a big NRA no-no), it's hard to see how straw buyer laws can be effectively enforced.
Stuart Kurtz February 27, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Doug, Gerrymandering is something that both parties do, and it is certainly something that strikes at the one-man, one-vote principle. I think it is a given that politicians of both stripes will cheat to win if necessary, but my point is a pragmatic one: in terms of national politics, it is Republican gerrymandering that is having the biggest distorting effect at the national level at present, a consequence of the 2010 elections. This will likely flip in 2020, which co-occurs with a Presidential election.
Dinkum February 27, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Well, that is certainly the liberal, Democratic spin on the voting rights issue SK. The Voting Rights Act itself is NOT being challenged but Section 5 is under review by the Supreme Court. And given it is now in their hands, Kelly has no influence here one way or the other. And all of her "positions" so far reflect big headline, Democratic commentary. Yawn.
Dinkum February 27, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Check your meds "Pam". Your "candidated" ran no race unless you think placing 2nd to last was "great" (74 votes total) And YOU said he would finish ahead of Kelly. Or was it Halvorson. YOU have no credibility. And any "more to come" is not worth reading or deserves a response.
macsosub February 27, 2013 at 07:29 PM
You could put someone in there as pure as the wind driven snow and they wouldn't see the light of day in this district. I'm not saying that our rep even needs to be a republican. Just someone that won't say "how high" when the Cook County Dems say jump.
Dinkum February 27, 2013 at 07:50 PM
We all know a D2 Repub candidate is irrelevant. Didn't even get 1000 votes. The recent D2 history shows Democrats, who win the seat, wait until they get into office before becoming criminals.
Stuart Kurtz February 27, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Dinkum, "We all know a D2 Repub candidate is irrelevant. Didn't even get 1000 votes." Indeed. The more interesting question in my mind, given the issues and her appearance on Fox News (of all places), is how many of Halvorson's votes came from Republicans. I expect more than a thousand, although it is impossible to be certain. For my part, I'm not too impressed by cross-over games, whoever is playing them. A closed primary system won't cure all of our electoral ills, but it's an easy step in the right direction. If we can't take the easy steps, how can we take the hard ones?
James Taylor February 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM
AS a former Republican candidate for the 2nd District in the February 26, 2013 primary, I withdrew because I was advised by our party chairman, Darrel Smith that the Kankakee Republicans were supporting Toi Hutchinson due to her support of Republican Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein in a SALES TAX SHARING AGREEMENT, which involved many Cook County firms who opened sham offices in Kankakee so they would pay less in sales taxes to the city. So I withdrew, and endorsed Hutchinson until we learned she slid $57,000 to her mother for being a "scheduler". My newspaper then endorsed Republican Eric Wallace but not one Republican Organization, including the Kankakee one endorsed any of the black Republicans seeking election on the 26th. In fact in Kankakee, Will and Cook, most Republicans crossed over to vote for Democrat Halvorson.
James Taylor February 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM
NOw, here we have a convicted felon seeking the support of the Republican Party, Guess the party chiefs, who must have some real issues with Chicago Democrats and Chicago Republicans or the race of candidates, whatever, they have what they most likely deserve. Why Eric Wallace was not worthy of the Republican chief's endorsement is really beyond me! My newspaper, the Kankakee City News endorsed Wallace and are proud of it! If the Republican Party is to regain it's position of leadership, our leaders, all the party chairmen and "big wigs" are white men and women and to be candid, the women are much mor enlightened than the males. The future of the party may well rest with the females. I for one would support a Republican woman for Illinois next governor! These guys are out dated in their thinking and seem to have turned Lincoln's picture face to the wall in their thinking during the primary, just couldn't endorse a black man and sure could not spend any money in that direction. The Kankakee Republican Mayor and party leaders threw a fund raiser for Hutchinson prior to her dropping out!
James Taylor February 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM
To Eric Wallace and his family and supporters, I say, Great Job and God Bless you for carring the message of the Real Republican Party to the voters of the 2nd District. Shame that a district that is mostly populated by blacks keep giving their votes to the likes of Jackson and his crew! Shame that they continue to support a Democratic Party that keeps them in economic bondage and shame on them for the impact that their blind support of the Democratic Party is having on their neighborhoods, families and our state. As Lindon Johnson once said about he Civil Rights Act, "It will keep them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years".
nick February 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM
13% registered voter turnout. Kelly gets 52% of votes cast. Kelly's has the support of approximately 8% of eligible voters. 92% of voters don't care for Kelly!!!!!!!!!!!!
nick February 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM
The 2nd district is starting to look as bad as the Illinois 10th legislative district after the brain dead people re-elected Derrick Smith. www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/derrick-smith-election-results_n_2079236.
nick February 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Gun control in the city doesn't seem to be working too good. What they need is some gang-banger control.
Dinkum February 28, 2013 at 01:57 AM
In the overall scheme of things (and I do mean scheme), who voted for who means nothing in this primary. The problem here SK, like so many adult life lessons, is to take the road less traveled which often results in taking the "hard steps". Once done and mastered, the easy steps are fully appreciated. Voting for another party line Demo was easy. Buying in to the lightweight "positions" of Kelly is easy. Voting for Jesse "I'm guilty your honor" Jackson was easy. The question for you SK, and others like you, is when will you stop taking the easy way out?
Stuart Kurtz February 28, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Dinkum, Do you know me? I doubt it. So let me assure you, I'm here with my real name, and I am making principled choices based on beliefs that I'm willing to be publicly associated with. You're just another anonymous poster, taking the easy way, unwilling to expose your beliefs in a way that attaches to you personally.
Stuart Kurtz February 28, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Nick, that is perhaps the silliest computation of the cycle, but you're welcome to your delusions. As a practical matter, the general election is a formality. The question is whether or not she'll get a serious primary challenge in 2014. I'm thinking not: getting a clean majority win in a 16 person field is extremely impressive, whatever the turnout.
Tamarrik February 28, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Tragic voters remain out of touch with reality. So many candidates but only one person serving the interest of the majority regarding the issues, continues to work on behalf of the public interest, speaks of expungement for non-violent felons, something that the prison industrial complex doesn't want because if they can keep persons from making an honest living it helps their investment in prisons. People black and white must love oppression.Our pensions and social security at stake, house bill 603 to help the athletes. Will Davis, still slow or no acting on it??How many more athletes must succumb before you act on what Mr. Williams introd? Candidates perpetrating as champions of the people. And you residents of Peotone, I guess you really don't care about your land after all. STAND unless it is a lie, has a minimum of 5,000 members? What, are they under 18 and can't vote? Williams should have had every vote in Peotone, 5000. No they would rather live in fear than put time and money into the one person who has been there for them for years. The worst is yet to come 2nd District. And you have yourselves to blame. Mr Williams, hats off to you. I hope this doesn't stop you from continuing to stay atop things. Been to your site and researched your work. Whatever you do you have my support. Don't be discouraged because people don't appreciate your worth. You are not the loser. The loss belongs to the majority of blind followers who listen to the music of the pied pipers.
Jeff February 28, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Nick - 52% of VOTERS chose Kelly. Those who did not vote are, by definition, not "voters" and their opinion matters not at all.
nick February 28, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Stuart, You must not have paid attention in math class.
Stuart Kurtz February 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Nick, I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics.
Doug February 28, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Finally we can agree on something Stuart. By my calculation that would be 6.8% although Nick did say "approximately". Not sure what the margin of error is in a calculation of this sort.
Stuart Kurtz February 28, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Doug, I'm glad to find a point of agreement. But I think the right answer as to how much precision is required in making the wrong calculation is "none." Jeff's analysis a few comments down hits the nail on the head–"52% of VOTERS chose Kelly. Those who did not vote are, by definition, not "voters" and their opinion matters not at all."
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. February 28, 2013 at 03:01 PM
My my Stuart we have an agreement as well..... people who do not show up do not matter.
Doug February 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Nick said 13% of "registered" voters (or potential voters ) and 8% of "eligible" voters. I'll assume that word problems were not the subject of your doctoral thesis.
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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