Cook County Clerk David Orr is pushing to hold a primary election in February to fill Jesse Jackson Junior's seat in Congress. Jackson announced his resignation yesterday after handily winning re-election earlier this month. Most of the precincts in the second congressional district already have a special election set for February 26. The governor has to get court permission to abbreviate the election schedule. Orr says he's not worried about giving candidates time to mount campaigns:
"So the one thing you can be sure of in running for Congress in the second congressional district, there'll be plenty of candidates, and I believe whatever the court sets as a timeline will be sufficient."
The Cook County clerk says holding the election on pre-existing voting days would save money and help with voter turnout.
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