Voters will cast their ballots today to select the candidate who may succeed disgraced U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Today’s election is a primary, which will be held in Illinois’ 2nd congressional district. The 2nd district is made up of Chicago’s South Side and south suburban Cook County. Polls will be open today from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The primary election being held today was preceded by weeks of candidate forums, TV ads from New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, and aggressive campaign schedules. There are 14 Democrats contesting for the 2nd District congressional seat.
The end results of early voting opportunities on Feb. 11 and this past Saturday showed an overall lack of voter interest in this particular election. Today’s election is also expected to have a low voter turnout, which is more likely to be caused by the bad winter weather in Chicago today.
Most of the district’s Democratic voters live in suburban Cook County and one-third of the voters are from the South Side. The 2nd district also includes parts of eastern Will County and all of Kankakee County. Together these two regions in the 2nd congressional district make up a little less than 10 percent of the Democratic vote.
One of the candidates, Anthony Beale (D) told the Chicago Tribune the following about the election:
“It’s just slow across the board, and that just goes to show it is going to be a very low turnout,” Beale said of the early votes. “We’re just making sure we’re targeting our core, solid voters, and we’re going to get them out to the polls and be victorious Tuesday night.” (The Chicago Tribune)