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Ald. Beale blown away by Kelly win: “Wow. That’s what money buys you,”
Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) throughout his campaign said he was confident he’d have the numbers to win the race to replace disgraced U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
When Beale was left in the dust by Robin Kelly on Tuesday, Beale was taken aback.
With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Beale ended up with 6,342 votes, or 11 percent to Kelly’s 30,351 votes or 52 percent.
“When the numbers started coming in I just said, ‘Wow, that’s what money buys you,’” Beale said Tuesday night, referring to the $2.2 million that Michael Bloomberg plowed into the race. Bloomberg supported Kelly and her stance on gun control. That raised the ire of Beale, who questioned by Bloomberg chose Kelly to back over him, when she hadn’t held elected office in years.
Beale’s not-so-gracious concession speech was countered by Debbie Halvorson, who was the target of Bloomberg’s ads. She tried to shrug off the attacks during her address to supporters tonight, instead pointing out that Democrats in the district needed to unite and back Kelly since she still faced the general election in April. Halvorson won 14,336 votes, or 24 percent.
A Democrat is strongly favored to win in the general election, however, in the heavily Democratic 2nd congressional district.