The Rachel Maddow Show | February 19, 2013
>>> we are one week away from the first national election since the presidential race . at least the first federal election since the presidential race . and we have news to report about that race. it's for congressman jesse jackson jr .'s old seat in illinois, which he resigned. it's a heavily democratic district. whoever wins the democratic primary a week from tonight is widely expected to win the seat. that's why at the outset, 17 different democrats said they would like a chance at this one. 17. however, over the weekend that primary field got less crowded in a significant way when illinois state senator toi hutchinson, one of the front-runners, dropped out of the race. the important context here is this. new york city mayor mike bloomberg's superpac has spent $2 million and counting on pro-gun reform ads in this district. on friday, the pac launched this ad, calling out toi hutchinson by name for having an "a" rating with the nra. the other under pressure for the same reasons is debbie halvor son, who also got an "a" rating from the nra. debbie halvorson responded by including gun safety as an issue for her campaign. there it, the second thing on her issues page, gun control and gun safety . debbie halverson also posted this open letter about her position on guns after mike bloomberg began saturating her district with ads against her. but lest there be any doubt about the contrast now in this primary, this is the campaign for the candidate the bloomberg superpac endorsed last week. this is who the pac week. this is who the pac endorsed against the two candidates who had the ratings. look at her website, robin kelly 's campaign is centrally, almost totally now about her commitment to leading on gun safety . gun policy is the central point of this race at this point, which is, after all, our first federal race since the shootings since sandy hook . there has not been much polling, but based on what we see so far, the contest looks like robin kelly running on gun reform, almost single-minded focus on gun reform. against the number one rating, who says she wants to talk about gun control . one week from today we'll keep the election music close at hand.