Jesse Jackson Jr. wins 10th term despite fed investigation
BY LISA DONOVAN AND BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporters November 6, 2012 8:54PM
Congressman Jesse Jackson campaign signs in the 2nd Congressional District.(these signs are from 2008). This is an abandoned storefront. Monday, November 5, 2012 |Brian Jackson~Sun-Times
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:17AM
He made just a single robo-call.
He’s facing a federal investigation.
He’s made two visits to the
Mayo Clinic — where he is now — since he took a leave of absence for treatment of mental-health problems.
Despite it all, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. won his 10th term in the South Side and south suburban 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday.
With 73 percent of precincts reporting, Jackson had 68 percent of the vote. Brian Woodworth, the Republican candidate, had 18 percent, while independent Marcus Lewis had 14 percent.
“I am humbled and moved by the support shown today,” Jackson said in a statement. “Every day, I think about your needs and concerns. Once the doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years.”
Last week, Jackson’s campaign staff said the congressman wouldn’t be hosting an Election Night event and already had voted by absentee ballot.
This Election Day, Jackson’s South Side campaign office was locked and dark, save for a reception area light.
The Democrat remained in treatment at the Mayo Clinic, said Nick Hanson, a spokesman for the Rochester, Minn., facility.