A more than $2 million dollar ad campaign by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped deliver a victory Tuesday night to a pro-gun control Democrat in an Illinois Congressional primary.
Former state Rep. Robin Kelly, who won the special Democratic primary Tuesday night in the race for the Chicago House seat left open by Jesse Jackson Jr., vowed to become a fierce advocate for federal gun control in her victory speech. She is expected to win the April 9 general election because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic.
Bloomberg's super PAC poured money into television ads attacking Kelly's opponent former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halverson for receiving an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. When she conceded, Halverson, who had been favored to win, blamed the billionaire mayor's money for her loss.
"It shows, unfortunately, you can't go up against that big money. ...That's the problem with super PACs," said Halvorson. "There is nothing I could have done differently."
Bloomberg's group said the race was a sign that the political landscape has changed on gun control. It's the first race since the December mass-shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
"The NRA has been the only game in town," Mark Glaze, executive director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the advocacy group that Bloomberg co-chairs, told NBC. "That's not going to be the way it is anymore, and races like Halvorson's...are intended to send that message."