Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wins 2nd District race for U.S. House - FOX 32 News Chicago

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wins 2nd District Congressional race for U.S. House

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. says he's humbled and moved by the support voters have shown through his sickness.

The Chicago Democrat easily won re-election to a ninth full term Tuesday. He first won in 1995.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Jackson expresses "deep and sincere" thanks. He says once doctors approve his return to work he'll continue to be a "progressive fighter."

"My deep and sincere thanks to the people of the 2nd Congressional District, I am humbled and moved by the support shown today. Everyday, I think about your needs and concerns," Jackson said. "Once the Doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years. My family and I are grateful for your many heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts. I continue to feel better everyday and look forward to serving you."

Jackson says he continues to feel better every day.

The son of the civil rights leader was widely expected to win even though he hasn't appeared publicly in months.

The Democrat went on medical leave in June and has released few details about his treatment for bipolar disorder.

The election comes amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into links to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

A Republican challenger to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. says he did the best he could in trying to win office over the long-time Democrat.

College professor Brian Woodworth was one of Jackson's two little-known challengers on Tuesday's ballot.

He says he's accepted defeat.

Another candidate running as an independent against Jackson says he hasn't seen all the numbers. Postal worker Marcus Lewis said Tuesday that he didn't immediately have a comment about the election.

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