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Illinois US Rep. Jackson overcomes biggest Dem primary challenge.; Manzullo also in tough race
CHICAGO (AP) ' Longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois has handily won the nomination against former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson.
Halvorson was Jackson's first credible Democratic challenger since the son of the civil rights leader first won office in 1995. She lost a congressional bid to a tea party candidate in 2010 in another district and is also a former state legislator.
The primary fight in the 2nd Congressional District was among the most contentious of the Illinois primary.
The newly redrawn 2nd District extends to include parts of Halvorson's old legislative and congressional districts. It includes Chicago neighborhoods, south suburbs and beyond Kankakee. It is largely Democratic.
Longtime U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo also faced a tough challenge in the 16th District against fellow Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger.