Jackson prevails in re-election bid

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Republican candidate Isaac Hayes, R-Park Forest, and incumbent U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., candidates for Illinois Congressional District 2 Buy This Photo

CHICAGO | Dodging two scandals, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, survived a challenge by a black Republican to retain his seat of power on Chicago's South Side and southern suburbs.

With 65.74 percent of District 2's 599 precincts reporting, Jackson held a commanding lead of 79,537 votes to 19,709 votes for Isaac Hayes, R-Park Forest. Green Party candidate Anthony Williams trailed far behind.

"I am profoundly grateful to the people of the 2nd Congressional District for recognizing the work I've done on their behalf, and re-electing me to another term in Congress," Jakson said in a written release. "The people of the South Side and the south suburbs are good, hard-working Americans who deserve the best possible representation in Washington. I'll continue to do my best to honor their faith in me."

Jackson was conspicuously quiet throughout the campaign, while Hayes attracted the attention of the national GOP and scored a visit of support from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in Matteson.

With a second corruption trial against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich slated for next year, Jackson has remained tied to the allegation that Blagojevich attempted to sell President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat for personal gain.

Hayes' strategy was to reach out to the Christian vote, campaigning mostly in churches.

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