By LINDSAY WELBERS
Robin Kelly sailed to an easy victory Tuesday in the race for the Second District Congressional seat.
Democratic nominee Kelly took nearly 80 percent of the total votes cast in Cook County. She received more than 90 percent within Chicago.
In Hyde Park, where 3,487 registered voters are represented in the Second District, Kelly easily won neighborhood support. Out of the total 731 ballots cast, 668 of them were for Kelly.
Republican candidate Paul McKinley won 3.6 percent of the ballots cast by Hyde Parkers. Green candidate LeAlan Jones took 2.7 percent.
Kelly benefitted from $2 million in super PAC money funded primarily by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
At her swearing-in ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Kelly said, “Today is an important day in [the gun control] fight. I look forward to working with you to protect our children from criminals and protect our 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens. Because we should — and can — do both.”
She ran on a platform of gun control and job creation. In her acceptance speech, she said, “Now, make no mistake, the road ahead will be bumpy. Making our families safe from gun violence is going to be a challenge. Putting people back to work is a tough task.”
Kelly most recently worked in Cook County President and former Fourth Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle’s office and previous to that worked for former state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias as his chief of staff.
The seat was vacated in late November when Jesse Jackson Jr., days after winning easily in the general election, resigned. He pleaded guilty in February to misusing campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, memorabilia and furs, among other things. His wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns.