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Jesse Jackson Jr. Re-Elected to 2nd Congressional District

The congressman who has been absent for months due to mental illness appears to have won his bid for re-election by a considerable margin, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Re-Elected to 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. won his bid for re-election Tuesday to the U.S. House of Representatives even though he is hospitalized and never hit the campaign trail, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Based on unofficial election results with 66 percent of precincts counted, Jackson was leading with 64 percent of the vote in the 2nd Congressional District, the Tribune story stated.

Jackson, 47, has announced he has bipolar disorder, and issued a statement Tuesday from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., thanking voters. He promised to get back to working on behalf of his constituents once doctors clear the way for him to work, the story said. 

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