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Poll: Halvorson leads, but can be beat

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013

* A poll taken for state Sen. Toi Hutchinson’s campaign shows her in the “top tier” with former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in the 2nd Congressional District special primary.

The poll, conducted January 8-10 of 400 likely voters by Normington-Petts with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percentage points, has Halvorson leading the crowded field with 16 percent to Hutchinson’s 12 percent. That’s a significant lead, but within the margin of error.

Robin Kelly comes in third, with 8 percent (basically right on the MoE), followed by freshman state Sen. Napoleon Harris and former Congressman Mel Reynolds at 7 percent. Ald. Anthony Beale is at 5 percent and everyone else in the 11-person field garners a grand total of 5 percent. So, about 40 percent are undecided.

Sen. Hutchinson is getting 37 percent of the vote in her Senate District, according to the poll, which is the most solid geographic base of any of the candidates. Sen. Harris’ district is completely within the 2nd CD, but he’s pretty new at this and does not perform as well as Hutchinson.

After a brief “informed vote” round (race, occupation, etc.), Hutchinson moves into the lead with 22 percent, to Halvorson’s 16. Kelly is in third at 13, Harris is in fourth at 10, Beale gets 7 and Reynolds snags 4.

* A poll taken last November for Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle had Halvorson in the mid twenties with Hutchinson at about 20. The other candidates scored between 6 and 11 percent in that poll. Hutchinson and Halvorson tightened up considerably after the “informed vote” round in that poll.

* The take-away here is that Halvorson may need to do more than just sit on her name ID and hope that white people get her the nomination. She may have to raise some money and actually run a decent campaign to win. Hutchinson is actively raising money, as is Kelly, and Harris has a personal stash of cash from his NFL career.

It would be smart to see where the local elections are in the south suburbs. That’ll give us an indication of where turnout might be higher. The highest undecideds are in Chicago, according to the Hutchinson poll, indicating that turnout there will be very low.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


68 Comments
  1. - Knifefighter - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:23 am:

    So… Kelly starts in third and ends in third? Not incredible.


  2. - Louis G. Atsaves - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:26 am:

    Mel Reynolds at 7%? What’s wrong with you Democrats anyway? :-)


  3. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:28 am:

    ===Mel Reynolds at 7%? ===

    And you can explain Joe Walsh how?

    lol


  4. - Been There - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:31 am:

    I’m not sure what type of ward organization Beale has but if he does he can be the long shot in this race. If he concentrates on his base and can get a decent turnout he can have an advantage. It’s easier to go door to door in the city to drag people to the polls than in some of those suburban / farm areas. Zucharelli is also the wild card here. He can also pull out people on election day.


  5. - The Captain - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:32 am:

    Halvorson and Hutchinson seem to be competing for the same slice of the pie. I expect them to get busy fighting each other and for one of the other candidates to emerge from the other part of the pie. You now want pie for lunch.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:36 am:

    Good analysis.

    This is a “turnout” race. If Halvorson is betting on just being on the ballot as the only white candidate, and winning at a large plurality those precincts she needs to win, versus each of the black candidates trying to “run” their sphere of influences to get wins in those precincts, who has the advantage?

    Scary game of chicken for Halvorson if she doesn’t have a good Election Day, and Hutchinson finding every vote she can in Preckwinkle’s sphere, and a strong war chest to spread the news about herself.

    Not all bad, not all good for any of them, but for sure a wake-up call for Halvorson, and a call to work for the Hutchinson Camp.

    Turnout, turnout, turnout … and who can control their “pluses” and get them to the polls. Good stuff!


  7. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:41 am:

    I’m with Willie. A handful of votes could win this one.

    What’s the over/under on turnout for both primaries? 20%?


  8. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:50 am:

    ===Mel Reynolds at 7%? ===

    And you can explain Joe Walsh how?

    lol

    Don’t think they got Joe on tape talking about uniforms…


  9. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    ===Don’t think they got Joe on tape talking about uniforms… ===

    True. But they have him on tape about a whole lot of crazy stuff.


  10. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:54 am:

    Everyone says Preckwinkle is openly backing Toi yet Will burns just endorsed Robin Kelly. Something doesn’t add up there…


  11. - Loop Lady - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:55 am:

    Toi is too classy and strategic to run a negative campaign…she will probably outraise her former boss Halvorson, and unfortunately, Deb still has the Blago years to answer for…but the race will be tight until the special election…


  12. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:58 am:

    ===Toi is too classy and strategic to run a negative campaign===

    I don’t think Trotter would agree with you.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:00 am:

    - wordslinger -,

    I think I would make the “line” 19.5% on the over/under, forcing you either to choose to go 20% or hope for a 19%, 17% and 16% for your 1, 2, and 3.

    Then again, Vegas is built on Dopes like me trying to figure the odds of which player will score the 1st touchdown in the Super Bowl, in what quarter, which end zone and how!

    I would be comfortable with 19, with “the hook”, making it 19.5…with Rich getting the Vig of course.

    I would go under, with the 19, 17, 16 percent for the top 3 right now, not knowing turnout or organization for Election Day.


  14. - train111 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:03 am:

    Interestingly, back in the March 2012 Democratic congressional primary in district 2, 33.1% of the votes were cast in Chicago, 55.6% in Suburban Cook County, 5.6% in Kankakee County and 5.7% in Eastern Will County.
    The south suburbs are definitely key here.
    Reynoldas at 7% is probably a product of teh fact that people have heard of him more so than that they actually support him. I expect his percentage to be much lower when the votes are actually counted.

    train111


  15. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:06 am:

    Favoring Halvorson should not label one a racist. Debbie isn’t a friend of racists. She is a liberal Democrat who supported Barack Obama in all his policies. This support cost her an election when 2010 voters in her old, more conservative district, turned against the President. If I’m not mistaken, the President isn’t white.

    It would be a shame if one of Congress’ most liberal minority Congresspersons is seen as only a white racist’s candidate after nearly twenty years of genuine community service to all races in both Springfield and DC.

    Please stop the slandering.

    I am a conservative, but I do recognize how immoral racism is.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:07 am:

    - wordslinger -,

    My bad. Turnout?

    Yeah, 20% is solid, but with the race being part of the Municipal, I would go a bit higher, but no more than 26%.

    See, you got some of “gaming” juices flowing …


  17. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:11 am:

    ===Please stop the slandering.===

    And you find slander where, exactly?


  18. - train111 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:16 am:

    Per the Cook County board of Elections website, the only other Democratic primaries on Feb 26th in the district are Highway Commissioner in the Town of Thornton and for mayor, clerk,treasurer and 6 aldermanic positions in Calumet City.
    In Chicago nothing is listed outside of the special Congressional Primary

    train111


  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:20 am:

    - train111 -,

    Thanks for the knowledge. I thought there might be more going on, but I am wrong.

    20% might very well, be the “number” on turnout!


  20. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:20 am:

    Please stop referring to her as the white voter’s candidate. It isn’t right to do that anymore is it right to assume black voters only want a black candidate.

    Halvorson is an attractive candidate for election regardless of her race. Supporting her is supporting a liberal minority candidate too.


  21. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:30 am:

    **Debbie… is a liberal Democrat**

    LOL- that is really funny. Debbie is absolutely no liberal.

    And there is a BIG difference between saying she is the white voters’ candidate and she is is the racists’ candidate.


  22. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:30 am:

    Mel Reynolds is getting 7% on the strength of his CapFax provided slogan. Mel Reynolds: He’s still better than Gus Savage (Sorry - can’t remember who came up with that one).


  23. - Been There - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:33 am:

    ===Thanks for the knowledge. I thought there might be more going on, but I am wrong.===
    Most of the township and mayoral races are non-partisan and will be held during the general in April


  24. - so... - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    ==Please stop referring to her as the white voter’s candidate. It isn’t right to do that anymore is it right to assume black voters only want a black candidate.

    Halvorson is an attractive candidate for election regardless of her race. Supporting her is supporting a liberal minority candidate too. ==

    Don’t kid yourself. Halvorson’s ONLY shot is that she’s the only white candidate in a very crowded field. She knows it, the other candidates know it, everyone knows it.

    White people who vote for Halvorson aren’t being racist for supporting her, I don’t think anyone is claiming that. But to claim that her status as the only white candidate isn’t a significant element of her strategy is just willful blindness.


  25. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    ===Please stop referring to her as the white voter’s candidate. ===

    I never did that.

    The hard reality is that she’s counting on the white vote to win this primary, whether you can believe it or not.


  26. - Mowatcher - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:37 am:

    Just curious: Does Napoleon Harris have a chance? He probably has some name recognition from his NFL career, though maybe not as much as, say, MJ or Ditka or Sammy Sosa.


  27. - The Captain - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:40 am:

    If Napoleon Harris was going to win he’d be on TV already. He could have made things very interesting if he got on TV right after New Years but he’s wasted away his natural advantage and now has to compete with the rest of them on merit.


  28. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:43 am:

    This is the Democratic primary. No one should be looking for race favoritism from the Democrats during their primary. There should be no race mentioned within a party that demonstrates racial fairness. There are no racism among the candidates within a Democratic primary. Certainly not from a woman liberal supported by Feminists. Hard? It should more like be, embarrassing. Aim higher and we might get a better result.

    I’d like a little more caution here, that’s all. If she wins we should see her supported without questioning whether her supporters are doing so based on skin color.


  29. - Langhorne - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:51 am:

    Mel is running on his record.


  30. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:51 am:

    ===This is the Democratic primary. No one should be looking for race favoritism from the Democrats during their primary. There should be no race mentioned within a party that demonstrates racial fairness.===

    With respect.

    This race has a strong racial dynamic because Halverson is the lone, only, single white candidate in a pool of candidates that are African-American.

    That is a fact. That fact makes the dynamic part and parcel of this race, just as a lone female running in a crowded field of men would make gender a dynamic of that type of race.

    Facts and Realities do not make them Racist.

    Please keep that in mind.

    Again, with respect.


  31. - Six Degrees of Separation - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:52 am:

    If Kankakee and Will make only 10% of the electorate voting in the special, and well over 50% from south Cook, I think Toi has the better chance of the contenders. I think she will get her base, and just enough outside of her base, to pull it off. It’s anyone’s guess though. A low turnout election with a large field.


  32. - Ravenswood Right Winger - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:53 am:

    Halvorsen is not a liberal. Can you say NRA?
    Good luck, GOP candidate Paul McKinley!


  33. - dave - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:56 am:

    **If Napoleon Harris was going to win he’d be on TV already**

    He was sending mail before Christmas. Its the Dave McSweeney plan — massively outspend early, and you define the race and the other candidates. Hit hard on TV late.


  34. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 12:01 pm:

    ===Its the Dave McSweeney plan===

    For Harris’ sake I hope not!!

    McSweeney is the worst example Harris should follow; Race after Race, millions after millions, to be … a state Representative that sues his Caucus and got a staffer “reprimanded”.

    McSweeney, McCarter and Oberweis, oh MY!


  35. - Because I said so... - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 12:03 pm:

    Here is a link with information on some of the candidates.
    http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=780970


  36. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:21 pm:

    This is Toi’s poll. I’m sure the group that did the polling feel bad that they can’t give her a result she would better appreciate. I’m sure they tried.

    That said, be prepared to accept Debbie Halvorson who was born and raised in the 2nd Congressional District, lived here her entire life, as a respectable nominee for the Democratic Party. However, if Mr. Meeks would like to go to Washington DC, now is his chance to run against her once the Primary has ended.

    Lets not make this ugly.


  37. - Knifefighter - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:27 pm:

    Train111–

    http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/2013elections/Pages/officesforelection.aspx

    I think that says that all the towns in the burbs have a whole bunch of things up on the ballot. No?

    I think Kankakee has elections too.


  38. - Chucky Jay - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 2:02 pm:

    Knifefighter -

    A lot of those are non-partisan and on the April ballot


  39. - Chucky Jay - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    This should answer the question as to whats on the ballot..it’s a link to a vote by mail form from the Cook County Clerk - look under “Democratic Primary”

    Keep in mind this is only for Suburban Cook County


  40. - Chucky Jay - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 2:04 pm:

    Sorry, here’s the link

    http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/DocumentLibrary/Mail%20Ballot%20App%202-2013_EN.pdf


  41. - Been There - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 2:59 pm:

    ===I think that says that all the towns in the burbs have a whole bunch of things up on the ballot. No?===
    Most of those towns races are nonpartisan so they are not on the primary ballot. They run on some made up party slate in just the general elections. This CD race will probably be determined in the primary were it might be the only thing on the ballot in some areas.


  42. - Ann - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 3:05 pm:

    Does the fact that Eric Whitaker’s wife is going to work for Kelly mean anything? http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130111/BLOGS03/130119951/cheryl-whitaker-leaving-merge-to-help-friends-political-run/healthcare


  43. - Boone Logan Square - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 3:14 pm:

    Very curious to see if any candidate can develop a ground game (and where). There’s not much time, but any number of candidates on the ballot could win with an even modest ground game.

    Fire up the Facebook accounts!


  44. - Robert the Bruce - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 3:32 pm:

    ==If she wins we should see her supported without questioning whether her supporters are doing so based on skin color.==

    But of course race is a factor.

    You don’t think Halverson knows that and is using that as well?

    I wouldn’t blame Halverson at all if she sent more of her mail to white voters than to black voters. Use whatever you can to get to 20% in a race with so many candidates.

    It doesn’t mean she’ll easily get 20% either. For example, I believe Preckwinkle’s victory was a 4-candidate contest that included three African American candidates and one white candidate.


  45. - Downstater - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 4:24 pm:

    Halverson winning in this district would mean a step forward for ending race baiting in elections.


  46. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 4:32 pm:

    ===Halverson winning in this district would mean a step forward for ending race baiting in elections.===

    LOL


  47. - Mr. Grsassroots - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 4:55 pm:

    I recall Terrence O’Brien thinking he would be President of the Cook County Board because his three Democratic primary opponents were African-American. A funny thing happened when Toni Preckwinkle won. Halvorson will have to put forth an effort or she will end up out-of-the-money.


  48. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 5:15 pm:

    Also with respect, Debbie Halvorson is not a liberal and is not the knee-jerk choice of liberal or feminists.


  49. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 6:16 pm:

    ===Halverson winning in this district would mean a step forward for ending race baiting in elections.===

    Vman, who’s race-baiting?


  50. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 6:27 pm:

    –It doesn’t mean she’ll easily get 20% either. For example, I believe Preckwinkle’s victory was a 4-candidate contest that included three African American candidates and one white candidate.–

    In the Chicago mayoral election, I believe that a Jewish kid from New Trier won outright and big over a hacked-up Mexican-American and a black female U.S. Senator — who did not win one precinct in Chicago.

    Oh, the times, they are a changing…


  51. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 6:47 pm:

    ===Halverson winning in this district would mean a step forward for ending race baiting in elections.===

    What part of … “Election Dynamic” is lost on ya?

    I laughed too, but Rich beat me to it.


  52. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 6:50 pm:

    ===It doesn’t mean she’ll easily get 20% either. For example, I believe Preckwinkle’s victory was a 4-candidate contest that included three African American candidates and one white candidate.===

    Different race, different dynamic, and … Different RACE … Preckwinkle had a great deal going for her, including precinct workers.

    Just a thought.


  53. - 2nd CD voter - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 6:58 pm:

    So Hutchinson is only getting 37% of her state senate district?
    How is it a good thing that 63% of the voters who know Hutchinson best wouldn’t vote for her for Congress??


  54. - Wilson Pickett - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 7:21 pm:

    Halvorsen won’t get the job done. Her name recognition has gotten stale as time has passed by. Toi Hutchinson is fresh and she has impressed both white and black voters. Debbie Halvorsen will need an endorsement from the Will County Executive in order to get the lion’s share of Eastern Will County Democrat voters. His nod would insure her of the union “rank & file” votes. I doubt that he would weigh in for her, though.


  55. - Mr. Grassroots - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 8:28 pm:

    This is a two-person race: Hutchinson and Kelly. Halvorson will do well to finish third.


  56. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 8:30 pm:

    The “end of race-baiting” comment was not mine. Put your toilet brush down, Putzslinger.


  57. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 8:51 pm:

    Sorry, VMan.

    Seriously, I didn’t know you spent all this time offline worried about what I thought about the quality of your contributions. Why should you?

    When you’re not contributing, I don’t think about you at all. Why would I?

    Your defense of ignorance today was inspired, and probably the most profound and honest comments you’ve ever made.

    I look at your thoughts in real-time when they’re right in front of me. And man, let me tell, they are…. your own.

    Like Murph from Murph and the Magitones said: “Don’t you go changing…”


  58. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 9:27 pm:

    - VanillaMan -

    Hey …

    What is going on? This back and forth is getting a bit reckless, and if you want to defend your posts, do so, but the back and forth of ideas is what makes this place so much better than anyplace around, bar none.

    No one is out to get you.

    No one is specifically targeting you for being you. If you put something up, sometimes, people are going to respond, and not favorably.

    Hope that helps.


  59. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 9:30 pm:

    side note - - wordslinger-, I ordered, “Toots” via Neflix for delivery, should be here by Thursday. The film is 85 minutes, so its like a “quick read” book, and I hope to get to it over the weekend.

    Thanks for the recommendation.


  60. - Michael Westen - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 9:32 pm:

    I don’t believe Halvorson is the only white candidate. I’m pretty sure one of the lesser known names among the 17 Dem candidates is white. I think he is second on the ballot, but I don’t remember his name.


  61. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 9:42 pm:

    ===I think he is second on the ballot, but I don’t remember his name.===

    And that is the point. You are following the race casually, you know there is another white candidate … and you can’t think of the name.

    Halvorson has the name ID nneded to be “considered” the only serious white candidate… today.


  62. - One to the Dome - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:07 pm:

    For thoes of us who actually live in the district (South Surbs): Halvorson would have high name ID as a former Congressman and some JJJ trounced. Many whites do not care for her. Hard for blacks to vote for her since the “anti” Jackson vote is not there for them.

    Toi Would have higher name ID because she just finished an election. However there should be some concern if she is “only” at 37% in her own backyard.

    Kelly: was only in the house for only 4 years, 6 or so years ago (add a remap in). Name ID is not likely what she may think plus with a fractured voter base (Kelly, Toi, Debbie competing for the same votes). She has to get up and soon to help her outside the “Obama” loop.

    Harris will have a solid ground game that the others may/will not have if he puts in the cash. Harris also has a (slight) advantage with shear turnout areas that he represents is gonna be naturally higher than other areas compared everyone else’s turf (Thornton, Bloom).

    Beale: Not gonna fair well due to lack of money and being a Chicago Alderman(…not very popular in the South Surbs). and he is a unknown in the region. (Look at Will Burns numbers before he dropped out).

    Mel: You gotta be kidding me!

    That is All for now!


  63. - Michael Westen - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:17 pm:

    True Willy, but if one is playing the race game, and I am not, and honestly, I don’t think Halvorson is–I think she truly wants to in Congress again and the racial numbers were not in her favor in the spring, then this “other” white candidate would not have to pull very much of it away from Halvorson to impact the race.


  64. - South Suburban (Chicago area) Voter - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:56 pm:

    Race is only a factor because many African Americans are seeking the seat who, in my opinion, are seeking the seat for notoriety and fame only.

    Let’s face it, Debbie Halvorson is the only candidate who had the guts to run against Jesse, Jr. None of those other candidates had a second thought of running agaist Jr.? Why didn’t these other candidates run against Jr if that felt they could do so much for the community in congress?

    The bottom line is that Debbie did, in fact, vote with President Obama 90% of the time; more than any other in congress that I am aware of.

    Make no mistake, I am black, but I’m more concerned about the support for the president than I am having a black taking the seat of Jesse Jr. At this time we need Halvorson’s loyalty to the president, which is a question with the other candidates at best.

    Her having been a seasoned Illinois State Senator, and a former congresswoman, she has earned our support for the congressional seat.

    This race is about who can garner the most votes by the citizens of the 2nd congressional district. I believe Debbie Halvorson would have run for this seat whether one other person (black or white or hispanic)ran for the seat or twenty. I can’t say that for any of the other candidates.


  65. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 16, 13 @ 8:34 am:

    ===
    True Willy, but if one is playing the race game, and I am not, and honestly, I don’t think Halvorson is–I think she truly wants to in Congress again and the racial numbers were not in her favor in the spring, then this “other” white candidate would not have to pull very much of it away from Halvorson to impact the race.===

    Sorry, but the dynamic changed in that race. You had a wounded JJJ, under severe scrutiny, and a 1 on 1 race. Completely different than what Halvorson is facing with an Open seat, with a lage pool of African-American candidates, and her, as the only “known” white candidate.

    Halvorson took on JJJ because she smelled blood in the water, and even I thought she would get 40% and didn’t cover THAT!

    Apples to oranges in those two races. Can’t use that race as a crutch to defend your thought THIS time around.


  66. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 16, 13 @ 8:40 am:

    ===Let’s face it, Debbie Halvorson is the only candidate who had the guts to run against Jesse, Jr. None of those other candidates had a second thought of running agaist Jr.? Why didn’t these other candidates run against Jr if that felt they could do so much for the community in congress? ===

    Let’s face it, Debbie ran because Debbie thought she could take on a wounded JJJ, get enough of the white vote, and the protest vote against the severely wounded, and might I add, NOT CAMPAIGNING, JJJ, and got smoked.

    Halvorson is not a hero for taking on Jr., Halvorson was an opportunist, which sometimes in politics, you need to be, and got a beat-down loss.

    I am tired of the Martyr Halvorson, taking on JJJ for the good of the 2nd district garbage.

    Halvorson ran for Debbie, gambled on a non-campaigning JJJ and lost.

    That … is what happended … nothing more or less.


  67. - South Suburban (Chicago area) Voter - Wednesday, Jan 16, 13 @ 4:03 pm:

    Don’t forget Debbie was the congresswoman for the 11th congressional district. The remap put her in the 2nd CD. She would have run in the 11th CD had it not been for the redistricting. She now lives in the 2nd CD, has the experience and is qualified to run.

    As far as the race card is concerned, this very well could have been another office for blacks but our race can’t understand that numerous blacks can’t run for the same office. It makes no sense for these many blacks to run for this one seat. We are the only race that is rushing to get every seat available without meeting and thinking the vacancy out first. We can’t blame other races for our failure to unify under one candidate.

    Some people are trying to make her out of a bad person soley because she is running for the seat Jr had to give up under threat of criminal prosecution and congressional investigation. JJJ pulled a fast one on the community. Had Jr not been under numerous investigations I doubt Jr would have resigned, leaving the citizens of the 2nd CD and our State under a cloud of political embarrassment.

    As I mentioned before, Debbie Halvorson would have run regardless of who ran in the 11th or 2nd CD! She knows the job better than anyone running.


  68. - heightsboy - Monday, Jan 28, 13 @ 9:05 pm:

    To I is well liked in Chicago heights/bloom township all the way down to the far southern reaches of her district, being kankakee. Her best play woulb be to spend the rest of her time in the i90/94 corridor. The preckwinkle endorsement helps with that stretch.


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