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  • Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, take advantage of early voting at a polling station in Chicago on Friday, March 9, 2012. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Illinois primary to decide fate of 2 veteran congressman

    Illinois voters casting ballots in Tuesday's primary election will determine the matchup for the state's only open seat for the U.S. House, solidify who will face a tea party firebrand and potentially end the careers of two longtime congressmen.


  • ** FILE ** Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat, and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, embrace at his election-night party on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Chicago after his Democratic primary win over former Rep. Debbie Halvorson in Illinois' 2nd District. Mr. Jackson resigned his congressional seat in November, after facing fire from federal investigators along with ailing health. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Tea party freshman takes GOP primary in Ill.; Jackson fends off challenger

    Faced with a choice between a 10-term congressman and a freshman, Illinois voters opted for the newcomer in a heated Republican primary battle, while in a separate race one of the state's veteran Democrats easily won the biggest re-election fight of his 17-year congressional career.


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