The leading candidate to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has received a boost from President Barack Obama. Robin Kelly is the Democratic nominee for the Chicago area seat. She's expected to easily capture the heavily-Democrat district in next week's special election. In a statement released through Kelly's campaign, Obama says he's confident Kelly is the "perfect choice" to represent the district. He calls her a "tireless champion" for small businesses. Democratic National Committee officials confirmed the statement. Kelly is a former state representative. She faces Republican Paul McKinley on the ballot. The political newcomer led the field of GOP candidates by just a few votes.
Obama backed Jackson in 2012's primary. Jackson resigned in November. In February, he pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of misspending campaign funds.
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