A lot of recent polling has been pointing in this direction, but the result of tonight’s Democratic primary (for all practical purposes, the general election) in Illinois’s 2nd District send the strongest message yet that the NRA is far, far from some terrifying behemoth that no politician serious about being elected should ever dare cross.
In the end, it wasn’t even close. Sure, there are votes here and there still left to be counted, but our very own Robin Kelly won a solid majority of the vote while no one else even cracked a quarter. She still has to win the general election, but in this district, that’s a formality. Republicans don’t exist in meaningful numbers.
It was just a month ago when we engaged — the NRA was boasting that the two front-runners were both big supporters, and Kelly was struggling to gain traction in a field of about 2,000 people (what, was the filing fee $20?)…
The problem for (right-wing gun nuts) is that with elections, there’s no muddying the waters. Reality is pretty assertive. And in this case, the reality is that we helped the voters of IL-02 send a clear message on sensible gun regulations. It’s a new playing field, we’re on the offensive, and we’re not stopping now. And if you think that the message resonated only because this was an urban district, 2014 will prove otherwise as the message resonates just as strongly in suburban districts. Personally, I can’t wait to see what we, our progressive allies, and Bloomberg’s Super PAC can accomplish next year.