Jesse Jackson Jr. Wins 9th Term While Resting On Leave From Office


In what might to be described as an outsized nod to form over substance, Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been re-elected in Chicago’s 2nd Congressional District, leading the polls with more than 70 percent of the votes.  Running against Jackson were Republican Brian Woodworth and Independent Marcus Lewis, each of whom suffered a humiliating defeat to the absent incumbent and son of civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson.  Jackson Jr. has easily won each election in the largely Democratic district since 1995; this will be his 9th term.

Jackson has been absent from his office and reelection campaign while resting and receiving treatment for bipolar disorder and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Appropriately, Jackson cast an absentee ballot.

Despite his apparent inability to serve while resting, the Congressman received campaign donations of close to $995,000 to date—including just under $636,000 in individual contributions and nearly $359,000 in contributions from political action committees and other organizations, according to a Medill News Service analysis.


Columbia Chronicle reporter Emily Ornberg contributed.