2nd District: Republican results not yet official; Kelly thanks voters

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Voters in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District are one step closer to choosing a replacement for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior.

Results are not official yet in yesterday’s Republican primary where Paul McKinley leads Eric Wallace by less than 25 votes.

The Chicago Board of Elections is conducting a recount and is expected to announce the final results shortly.

A spokesman says some scanners failed in a handful of the 170 precincts.

Poll watchers observed those ballots being re-run through other scanners.

On the Democratic side,  the special primary for Illinois’ 2nd congressional district ended in a landslide.

Former state representative Robin Kelly won the nomination with 51 percent of the vote.

Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson came in second with 23 percent.

Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale ended up in third place.

Both Halvorson and Beale have thrown their support behind Kelly.

Kelly spent the morning thanking supporters at the Richton Park Metra station.

As the Democratic nominee, Kelly is now the overwhelming favorite to win the April 9th election in the heavily Democratic district.