Guns dominate race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. - New York News

Guns dominate race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

By SARA BURNETT

After months of drama surrounding Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress, the race to replace the congressman with the prominent name has pivoted to a different high-profile topic: guns.

Only a short time ago, most of the attention in Illinois' 2nd District was focused on Jackson himself, specifically his mysterious leave of absence and a federal investigation, reportedly into misuse of campaign funds.

But December's school shooting in Connecticut brought renewed attention to Chicago's own gun violence and refocused 1 of the nation's first major elections since the Newtown massacre.

The race involves more than a dozen candidates - all with similar backgrounds and none more than marginally known. So guns could be the deciding issue. And the results could offer a sign of what's to come in post-Newtown politics.

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