Robin Kelly declared winner in 2nd Congressional District

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Robin Kelly cruised to victory in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. in Congress Tuesday.

She greeted supporters at a Matteson hotel bar Tuesday night with the parents of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton standing behind her. Kelly promised the crowd that she would fight for tougher gun laws.

A former Illinois state representative, Kelly was considered the overwhelming favorite in the district. The congressional seat was held for 17 years by Jackson, who resigned shortly after winning re-election last November. He pleaded guilty in federal court in February to using campaign funds for personal use.

“Watch us take on the NRA, the Tea Party, and anyone else standing in the way of our safety. Watch us mobilize families and turn grief into action just like the families of victims of gun violence have done in powering this campaign each and every day,” said Kelly.

Kelly was running against Republican Paul McKinley, Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones, and Independents Curtiss Bey, Marcus Lewis and Elizabeth Pahlke.

She will be sworn in on Thursday in Washington D.C.

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