CHICAGO (AP) — After months of drama surrounding Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress, the race to replace the congressman with the prominent name has pivoted to a different high-profile topic: guns.
Only a short time ago, most of the attention in Illinois' 2nd District was focused on Jackson himself, specifically his mysterious leave of absence and a federal investigation, reportedly into misuse of campaign funds.
But December's school shooting in Connecticut brought renewed attention to Chicago's own gun violence and refocused one of the nation's first major elections since the Newtown massacre.
The race involves more than a dozen candidates — all with similar backgrounds and none more than marginally known. So guns could be the deciding issue. And the results could offer a sign of what's to come in post-Newtown politics.