Vice President Biden said on Wednesday that Robin Kelly’s victory in the Democratic primary of the Illinois 2nd District special election underscores that politicians who don’t support sensible gun control will pay a price.
On Tuesday, Kelly, a former state senator who made her backing of President Obama’s gun control agenda a central part of her campaign, beat out Debbie Halvorson, whose ‘A+’ rating from the National Rifle Association was consistently attacked by Kelly and other opponents during the campaign.
A super PAC formed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fierce advocate of tighter gun laws, also poured at least $2.2 million into the campaign. The group endorsed Kelly and ran a series of television ads attacking Halvorson’s gun record. In the first congressional race since the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Newtown, Conn., Biden argued that “voters sent a clear and unequivocal signal” that the conversation has shifted.