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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. re-elected while on medical leave

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CHICAGO (AP) - Jesse Jackson Jr. has won re-election to his Chicago-area congressional seat while on a months-long medical leave.

Republican Brian Woodworth and Independent Marcus Lewis trailed Jackson in Tuesday's election.

The son of the civil rights leader was widely expected to win even though he hasn't appeared publicly in months.

The Democrat quietly went on medical leave in June and has released few details about his treatment for depression.

The election comes amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into links to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and reports of an investigation involving campaign finances.

It'll be Jackson's ninth full term. He won a special election in 1995.

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