Many voters say they'll support Jesse Jackson Jr.

Associated Press Published: November 6, 2012
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CHICAGO (AP) — Many voters in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s district say they're supporting the Chicago Democrat even though he hasn't campaigned in months and remains hospitalized.

Jackson is at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic being treated for bipolar disorder.

Construction worker Rasheed Saunders voted for Jackson Tuesday. The 42-year-old says being ill doesn't have anything to do with the job.

Pastor Ernest Franklin says Jackson is the candidate he knows and voted for him, although he's concerned about Jackson's health.

Jackson faces two challengers on the ballot and a write-in candidate, but experts say they have little chance of unseating him.

Jackson has easily won each election since 1995 in the largely Democratic district.

However, retiree Alexander Berry is skeptical. He's worried Jackson might not be able to serve and didn't vote for him.