- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Democratic nominee to take over former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.’s House seat vowed in her Tuesday evening victory speech to tackle gun-related violence and take a leadership role in the national debate over gun control.

Robin Kelly, a former Illinois state representative, also suggested a head-on war against the National Rifle Association, according to a report from The Associated Press.

“Their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end,” she said, according to AP.

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Ms. Kelly was heavily backed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s super PAC, the AP reports.

Her campaign ads, fueled in party by $2 million of Mr. Bloomberg’s super PAC money, were anti-gun hits that distinguished her from her more NRA-friendly Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, AP reported.

“We were on the right side of the [gun] issue and our message resonated,” Ms. Kelly said, according to the AP report. She promised to fight “until gun violence is no longer a nightly feature on the evening news.”

She faces an April 9 general election, but predictions are she will win in the heavily favored Democratic district.