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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 06:56 PM

NRA ally Debbie Halvorson could win Jesse Jackson Jr.s Chicago seat

A white ex-congresswoman with an A rating from the National Rifle Association is the front-runner to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a majority-black Chicagoland district with inner-city neighborhoods wracked by gun violence.

At first glance, Debbie Halvorson should have no business winning the Feb. 26 special election. The former Democratic congresswoman was crushed by Jackson in a primary last year. Shes a white Democrat seeking to represent a district in which 54 percent of voters are African-American.

And shes an unapologetic Second Amendment backer with endorsements from the NRA in two of her previous congressional campaigns despite an outpouring of concern among voters and her campaign rivals about gun violence.

Yet theres reason to think Halvorson could eke out a win. She is a known entity in much of the district thanks to her time in Congress and earlier rise to state Senate majority leader the first woman to hold the post. Sixteen other candidates are vying for the Democratic nod, and all of her formidable competitors are African-American. That creates a possibility that the black vote will splinter, opening a path for Halvorson.



Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/nra-ally-debbie-halvorson-could-win-jesse-jackson-jrs-chicago-seat-86772.html

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Reply NRA ally Debbie Halvorson could win Jesse Jackson Jr.s Chicago seat (Original post)
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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 08:19 PM

1. I guess house races don't have runoffs

And the first comment is from some Republican a-hole making a snide remark about corrupt Chicago politics. News flash: The Republican political machines in states like Texas and Wisconsin are even more corrupt. Douchebag.

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