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Halvorson Eyes the Prize After Hutchinson Withdrawal

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    Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson believes her chances of winning Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant U.S. House seat have just been given a boost.

    Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson believes her chances of winning Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant U.S. House seat have just been given a boost.

    One of her opponents in the Democratic primary battle, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, announced Sunday she has withdrawn from the race and is backing another Democratic candidate, Robin Kelly.

    Debbie Halvorson for Ward Room

    [CHI] Debbie Halvorson for Ward Room
    Ward Room invited all the candidates running for the second district to send a video message about their run. This is Debbie Halvorson's.

    Halvorson says she believes she can easily woo those who had supported Hutchinson and keep those votes from going to Kelly.

    Halvorson said the shake-up in the race indicates her opponents within the party are panicking with just days to go before the Feb. 26 primary.

    Preckwinkle Bashes Halvorson

    [CHI] Preckwinkle Bashes Halvorson
    While Deb Halvorson may have the name recognition, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle argues the former congresswoman is too conservative for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District.

    She said she was surprised by Hutchinson's sudden withdrawal and questioned what was behind the decision.

    Hutchinson said she didn't want her continued candidacy to risk dividing the community and fellow Democrats.