Democrats to have open primary for Jackson seat

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 12:05 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area Democratic officials have failed to unite behind a single candidate for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress.

Robert Storman, a spokesman for one of the Cook County Democratic officials voting in Saturday's slating session, says none of the more than a dozen candidates was able to get a majority of votes. That means the Democrats will have an open primary.

Jackson resigned from the U.S. House last month, citing his battle with bipolar disorder.

Among the Democratic candidates to replace him are a state senator recently arrested for carrying a gun into Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and a former congresswoman who challenged Jackson earlier this year.

The primary is set for Feb. 26. The general election will be April 6.

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