Can a Republican Take Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Old Seat?
Lenny McAlister thinks his chances are good, but will 2nd District voters look beyond the "R" on the ballot?
One Republican has entered the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as the United States representative for the 2nd District.
Lenny McAllister has no legislative experience and has never won an election, but he's hoping to win a seat held by Democrats for more than 50 years. And let's not forget a Republican was unable to come close to beating a nigh-nonexistent congressman back in November.
Then there's the competition. Facing competition like Napoleon Harris, a former NFL running back who won a state senate race this year, or former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson could prove a tall order for McAllister.
But the Hip-Hop Republican has hope.
He says that as a black Republican, he can bridge the gap between the South Side part of the district and the right-leaning Will and Kankakee sides.
It's true that McAllister is not your typical Republican. He tentatively supports affirmative action and is against anti-tax pledges with the fiscal cliff looming. McAllister is also against overturning Roe v. Wade, the well-known Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
But a less conservative Republican is still a Republican.
Can McAllister win in the 2nd District?
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