The real competition for this seat was in the Democratic Primary, where gun control was a major player. Kelly beat out several other well known Democrats, including former Rep. Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale. Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC, Independence USA, spent over $2 million in the primary, supporting Kelly for her pro gun control stance and attacking her opponents.
Kelly fills in the vacant seat left by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Jackson Jr. resigned last November during a pending ethics investigation (he recently pled guilty to federal charges of misusing campaign funds) and after being on medical leave for a mental illness.
With Kelly’s win, the House breakdown will be 232 R, 201 D and 2 vacancies (SC 1, MO 8).