Anti-gun Democrat shoo-in to replace Jackson Jr.

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CHICAGO (AP) — As the Democratic nominee to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Robin Kelly has vowed to become a leading voice for federal gun-control legislation.

But it remains to be seen if her primary win in the Chicago-area district fuels the national debate.

The former state representative emerged early as a voice for gun control in the truncated primary season after Jackson resigned. She gained momentum as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC poured $2 million into the race.

Political experts say Kelly was smart to jump on gun control at a time when Chicago was seeing a spike in homicides. Also, they say the super PAC money was effective in reaching people.

However, gun rights advocates say Kelly's win was an aberration and it won't ripple far.

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