Today is the first day of early voting in the primaries for the special House election in Illinois second congressional district.
A small army of Democrats is running for the seat; while the district scores a D+32 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index, it does have some less heavily Democratic sections, stretching from 53rd Street on the city’s South Side through the southern suburbs of Chicago, all the way to Kankakee County.
In alphabetical order, the Democratic candidates are: Chicago alderman Anthony A. Beale, John Blyth, O. Patrick Brutus, Clifford J. Eagleton, Ernest B. Fenton, former U.S. representative Debbie Halvorson, Gregory Haynes, state senator Toi W. Hutchinson, Victor O. Jonathan, Cook County chief administrative officer Robin Kelly, Fatimah N. Muhammad, Larry D. Pickens, Charles Rayburn, former U.S. representative Mel Reynolds, Joyce W. Washington, and Anthony W. Williams.
Kelly appears to be getting significant support from the city’s Democratic establishment, with Representatives Bobby Rush and Danny Davis endorsing her Sunday.
There are five Republicans running for the seat: Lenny McAllister, Paul McKinley, Beverly E. Reid, James H. Taylor Sr., and Eric M. Wallace.
I interviewed McAllister, a syndicated radio commentator, in January.