Low voter turnout in Chicagoland races

It’s Election Day for many communities in the Chicago area.

One key race is in the 2nd Congressional District, to fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

For 17 years, Jackson was the congressman for the 2nd District, representing the South Side of Chicago and South Suburbs.

His resignation in November set the stage for the special election Tuesday, and now it will all play out in the polls.

In this special election, voters will have their choice of democrat Robin Kelly, republican Paul McKinley, Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones, and Independents Curtiss Bey, Marcus Lewis and Elizabeth Pahlke.

Kelly, a former Illinois state representative, is considered the overwhelming favorite.

As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, turnout in the Chicago portion of the 2nd Congressional District was at 8.1 percent, Chicago Board of Election officials said. They expect a turnout of roughly 12 percent. For comparison, turnout was 10 percent at 1:30 p.m. on the Feb. 26 Primary, on the way to 14.7 percent turnout overall, election officials said.

Election officials also predict that we’ll surpass the overall 10.39 percent turnout at the 2009 Special Election in the 5th Congressional District, when Cong. Mike Quigley was elected.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

Here is the latest report from the Robin Kelly campaign HQ:

Here is the latest report from the Paul McKinley campaign HQ:

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