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Rush, Davis endorse Robin Kelly for Jackson's seat

CHICAGO – Two Democratic Illinois congressmen endorsed Robin Kelly in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Danny Davis appeared Sunday at a news conference with Kelly.

Rush said Kelly is a woman of integrity and conviction. Davis said Kelly has the pragmatism needed to get results in Washington.

Kelly is a former state representative and one-time aide to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Other candidates in the running include former Congressman Debbie Halvorson, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale. The 2nd Congressional District spans several neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side, south suburbs and some rural areas. It's Democratic-leaning territory.

Jackson resigned in November, citing health problems and acknowledging that he's under federal investigation, reportedly for misusing campaign money.

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