Jonathan Jackson wins nomination in Illinois’ 1st congressional district: AP – NBC Chicago
Few, if any, races in Illinois had more candidates on the ballot than the Democratic congressional primary in 1st District, but Jonathan Jackson managed to fend off 16 other candidates and secure the party’s nomination in the election, according to Associated Press drafts.
The election for the seat became completely free after Rep. Bobby Rush announced he would not seek re-election in the reconfigured district, which now includes parts of Chicago, Cook County, Will County and of Kankakee County.
Jackson, the son of Reverend Jesse Jackson and brother of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., has come under fire from his political opponents for receiving donations from cryptocurrency-related political action committees.
Those donations helped pay for a belated flurry of radio, TV and billboard ads for Jackson as he sought to distinguish himself in the vast field, and the strategy worked as he fended off 16 candidates.
Jackson was among a crowded field of candidates that included Karin Norington-Reaves, who won Rush’s endorsement for the seat. Norington-Reaves finished in the top three of the race, but couldn’t quite get past the top in the crowded field.
Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell looks set to claim second place in the election, with State Senator Jacqui Collins also receiving more than 10% in the election.
The seat is expected to remain in Democratic hands in November, with the general election scheduled for November 8.