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Convicted Felon Put Up By Republicans To Run For Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s Seat

Paul McKinley served 20 years for burglaries, armed robberies, and aggravated battery. But his opponent in the primary, Eric Wallace, is not willing to concede, having lost by just 23 votes.

As McKinley celebrated his apparent victory, the state’s Republican leadership was coming to grips with the fact that its party had just nominated someone with a long rap sheet to run in a district where the last three Democratic congressmen have left office amid scandal. That includes Jackson, who pleaded guilty last week to federal charges.

Pat Brady, the state’s Republican chairman, had no comment Wednesday about McKinley’s prospects. Privately, Republican leaders expressed dismay and concern. Given the historic Democratic leanings of the district, no national or state financial help from Republicans is likely, they said.

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