Bloomberg by the Numbers: 81%

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. departs the federal courthouse after testifying in the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in this file photo.

That’s the vote share President Barack Obama received last November in Illinois’ 2nd congressional district, where a special Democratic primary today will determine the likely successor to former Democratic Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.

The district includes some of Obama’s home town of Chicago and part of the city’s Cook County suburbs, plus Kankakee County and a piece of Will County south of Illinois’ largest city.

Obama’s overwhelming victory in Illinois’ 2nd district points to the winner of today’s 16-candidate Democratic primary as an overwhelming favorite to win the April 9 special election. More than half of the district’s voters are black.

The special election was necessitated by Jackson’s resignation in November amid an intensifying federal probe into his conduct. Jackson pleaded guilty Feb. 20 to a charge of conspiracy related to his converting $750,000 of campaign contributions to buy 3,100 personal items.

“In a city notorious for corrupt politicians, the constituents of Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs have endured more than their share,” Bloomberg’s Oliver Renick reports in a story that profiles today’s election.

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