Jackson Jr.'s House successor faces difficult road

CHICAGO (AP) — The replacement for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will have big shoes to fill.

Despite a Washington career that ended by pleading guilty to misspending campaign funds, he was a 17-year incumbent who brought home big money and had strong relationships with mayors and activists throughout the Chicago-area district. He also held a spot on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Democratic former state Rep. Robin Kelly is widely expected to win Tuesday's special election because the district is strongly Democratic. She swept the February primary after her campaign received a major assist from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC.

She faces Republican Paul McKinley, an ex-con and community activist.

Kelly says it'll be a challenge, but she'll push to be a voice on gun control.

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