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Jesse Jackson Jr. Special Election: Robin Kelly Enters Race, Others Enter And Exit

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Former Ill. state Rep.Robin Kelly announced she would seek the seat in the 2nd Congressional District vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP/Seth Perlman)
Former Ill. state Rep.Robin Kelly announced she would seek the seat in the 2nd Congressional District vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP/Seth Perlman)

Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress less than two weeks ago, but since then, a flood of Democratic political hopefuls has already come out of the woodwork.

In the dozen days since the news broke, two high-profile contenders have already dropped out, several have officially launched campaigns while others have hung back (and kept the rumor mill chugging away.)

(Scroll down to see who's in and who's out in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District race.)

From a restaurant in suburban Matteson, former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly announced Sunday she is running for Jackson's former seat, according to the Sun-Times.

"I'm running for all the women and men in our communities living paycheck to paycheck," Kelley said during her official announcement, according to NBC Chicago.

The following day, former 5th Ward aldermanic candidate Anne Marie Miles announced via press release she was considering running for Jackson's former seat -- the attorney and community activist did not indicate when her campaign might be made official.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Thursday the special election to fill the disgraced representative's seat would be delayed until April 9 following a primary on Feb. 26.

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