Robin Kelly is seen casting her ballot during the February primay election. (Photo courtesy Facebook/Robin Kelly)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - The leading candidate to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has received a boost from President Barack Obama.
Robin Kelly is the Democratic nominee for the Chicago area seat. She's expected to easily capture the heavily-Democrat district in next week's special election.
In a Tuesday statement released through Kelly's campaign, Obama says he's confident Kelly is the ``perfect choice'' to represent the district. He calls her a ``tireless champion'' for small businesses. Democratic National Committee officials confirmed the statement.
Kelly is a former state representative. She faces Republican Paul McKinley on the ballot. The political newcomer led the field of GOP candidates by just a few votes.
Obama backed Jackson in 2012's primary.
Jackson resigned in November. In February, he pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of misspending campaign funds.