08/15/2012 09:38 am ET

Political Analyst: Jackson Likely To Win Election By 'Wide Margin'

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will win the November election with 50 to 60 percent of the vote regardless of a mysterious medical leave and diagnosis of bipolar disorder, said a leading Chicago-area political analyst.

The 2nd District congressman has been far from the campaign trail for the past two months, spending a good amount of time at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, but that won't stop him from keeping his seat, according Dick Simpson, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Assuming that he does come back in September and make a few appearances, which it appears he will, he’ll win the election in November," Simpson said in a phone interview.

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