Gun control supporter Robin Kelly (D) cruised to victory over former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.), who favors gun rights, on Tuesday in the Democratic primary to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), giving supporters of new gun-control laws a big win in Illinois at a key moment in their battle.
Kelly led Halvorson 56 percent to 20 percent with 60 percent of precincts reporting. Halvorson has called Kelly to concede the race.
A Halvorson win would have dealt a major blow to advocates of increased gun regulations Early on, a crowded field and Halvorson’s high name identification in the district made that appear possible. But a combination of heavy spending against Halvorson, efforts by top Democrats to clear the field for Kelly and Halvorson’s own inability to raise any money or run much of a campaign led to her defeat.