Surprise surprise: Robin Kelly, the gun hating former Illinois state representative who's friends with Obama and enjoyed over $2 million of Mike Bloomberg's money for her campaign, has won the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. It wasn't even close. According to the Associated Press who called the election not long after polls closed, Kelly pulled in an impressive 89 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Republican Paul McKinley, only managed 7 percent.
But really, it's not surprise. McKinley is actually an unemployed felon who served nearly 20 years in prison for armed robbery, burglary and aggravated battery. He was paroled in 1997 and was obviously considered a bit of long shot in this election. It didn't help that he managed to raise less than $20,000 for his campaign. Kelly raised close to $1 million, and that's not counting the $2.2 million that Independence USA, an anti-gun political action committee funded by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, spent buying ads to help Kelly win the Democratic primary against former congresswoman Deborah Halverson. Kelly ended up beating Halverson neatly, winning 52 percent of the vote to her opponents 24 percent.