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Dems Start Lining Up to Run for Jackson Jr.'s Seat

Normally you'd say, "The seat is still warm," but given he's been gone for health reasons for months ...

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Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) on Monday became the first formal candidate for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional seat, but a wide and diverse slate of contenders are expected to announce bids in the coming days.

Jackson (D-Ill.) announced his resignation last week, citing health problems. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has set a special primary election for Feb. 26 and a general election for March 19, although he's trying to get the court to allow him to push that date back to April 9, when there are municipal elections already scheduled.