State Sen. Toi Hutchinson

Hutchinson Drops Out of Special Election

by Abby Livingston, Roll Call  |  published on February 18, 2013


State Sen. Toi Hutchinson will drop out of the the 2nd District special election Sunday and back her fellow Democrat, Cook County Chief Administrative Officer Robin Kelly, according to local news reports.

Hutchinson’s departure comes less than 48 hours after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PAC unleashed a television ad criticizing her position on gun control.

Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC spot also endorsed Kelly — part of the $2 million his group plans to spend on this race. Local Democrats view Kelly as the frontrunner in this race, and Hutchinson’s withdrawal only helps to cement her former foe’s top status.

In the first several weeks of the special election to replace former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., D-Ill., Hutchinson ran an able campaign. She had good fundraising and a noteworthy campaign team.

But Hutchinson faltered when gun control came to dominate this race. In previous runs, Hutchinson boasted support from 2nd Amendment rights groups like the National Rifle Association.

“So far the gun issue has been the number one issue in the campaign, and that’s worked to Robin’s benefit,” a Democratic consultant involved in the special election told CQ Roll Call prior to the Hutchinson dropping her bid.

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