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Gun control advocate Robin Kelly wins election Tuesday. Travels to Washington on Wednesday. Awaiting swearing in

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Fresh from a campaign win, Democrat Robin Kelly is already in Washington and could be sworn in this week, her campaign chief Jonathan Blair said today. Could it be in time to take a critical vote on gun control compromise?

"Nothing is official yet," Blair said Wednesday morning. "Like the special election itself, things moved very quickly."

Kelly, a former state lawmaker, onetime chief of staff to former Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, swept up the vote on Tuesday in the special election for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat.

Kelly, 56, of Matteson beat out Republican Paul McKinley after winning a more contentious primary battle in February.

With a $2.2 million boost from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Super Pac Independence USA, Kelly's candidacy -- and anti-gun rhetoric -- has drawn national attention.

She heads to Washington as Congress edges toward a compromise gun control bill that would call for expanded background checks.

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