Voters to choose Jackson Jr.'s House successor

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area voters will be heading to the polls to choose a successor for former longtime Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Tuesday's special election matches up Democratic former state Rep. Robin Kelly and Republican community activists Paul McKinley. Kelly is widely expected to win the election in the heavily Democratic district.

She swept the February primary after her campaign received a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC, which calls for strict gun control. Kelly supports an assault weapons ban.

Jackson resigned in November citing his health and acknowledging that he was under federal investigation. In February he pleaded guilty to charges that he misspent campaign funds.

The district spans across parts of Chicago's South Side, its south suburbs and some rural areas.

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