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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:44 AM

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#ixzz2JHkxIzqv

This is going to be an interesting race to watch. Stand by for some serious fireworks.

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DonP Jan 2013 #1

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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:05 AM

1. She was my Congresswoman for years, until redistricting

They added a big chunk of Will and Kankakee Counties to the district and she lost to Adam Kinzinger.

Now, the former Jackson district extends quite a ways south of the city and covers a lot of the same areas that elected her in the first place.

IIRC, the NRA and Illinois State Rifle Assn both donated heavily to all of her campaigns, something like $20,000 or so for the last one where she lost?

Plus she came out to events at the ISRA Bonfield shooting range on a regular basis and worked the crowds with her staff. Not a shooter that I can recall, but she didn't go out of her way to piss them off either.

Her biggest advantage though is she has a campaign organization in place and she came in second to Jesse Jr. in the last primary. The first real challenge he's had.

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