Illinois 2nd District Congressional Primary Being Held Today To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

imagesBy Victor Trammell

Voters will cast their ballots today to select the candidate who may succeed disgraced U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Today’s election is a primary, which will be held in Illinois’ 2nd congressional district. The 2nd district is made up of Chicago’s South Side and south suburban Cook County. Polls will be open today from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The primary election being held today was preceded by weeks of candidate forums, TV ads from New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, and aggressive campaign schedules. There are 14 Democrats contesting for the 2nd District congressional seat.

The end results of early voting opportunities on Feb. 11 and this past Saturday showed an overall lack of voter interest in this particular election. Today’s election is also expected to have a low voter turnout, which is more likely to be caused by the bad winter weather in Chicago today.

Most of the district’s Democratic voters live in suburban Cook County and one-third of the voters are from the South Side. The 2nd district also includes parts of eastern Will County and all of Kankakee County. Together these two regions in the 2nd congressional district make up a little less than 10 percent of the Democratic vote.

One of the candidates, Anthony Beale (D) told the Chicago Tribune the following about the election:

“It’s just slow across the board, and that just goes to show it is going to be a very low turnout,” Beale said of the early votes. “We’re just making sure we’re targeting our core, solid voters, and we’re going to get them out to the polls and be victorious Tuesday night.” (The Chicago Tribune)

 

3 Responses to Illinois 2nd District Congressional Primary Being Held Today To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

  1. Too many AA ‘s running. This will allow the white woman to slip in. Repeat of the fiasco after the late Mayor Washington died.

  2. If the white woman is more qualified she should be elected.

    Voting for color ONLY DUMBS DOWN society and reveals you as a black ignorant rascist.

  3. http://www.policymic.com/articles/25666/ben-carson-makes-obama-sit-through-the-longest-27-minutes-of-his-presidency

    It would behoove the intelligent voter to support the potential candidate that he or she believes would best suited to “uphold the oath of office”, our Constitution, no matter what ethnicity, gender, religious belief, etc.

    If anyone of the same mindset, a mindset of respecting the principles to which this nation stands, a good example being Dr. Ben Carson, was to run for political office in the jurisdiction where I reside and pay property taxes, I would vote for this individual tomorrow.

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