Minutes before the polls closed on Tuesday, ex-con and GOP contender for the 2nd congressional district, Paul McKinley, 54, declared that he was likely to win the race.
"We're expecting to win this election, yes mam," said McKinley, dismissing the notion that Robin Kelly was heavily favored in a district that's largely Democratic. "I have a 51 percent chance to win this election." He said he knows this "From my studies and talking to different people."
McKinley squeaked through the 2nd congressional district primary, winning over several other Republicans. He ran on a platform of redemption, having served time in prison for robbery and assault.
"I certainly believe in the redemption story, because if ever there was a story of redemption, it's me. You can only redeem yourself through Christ Jesus," McKinley said. "Somewhere between the devil and God -- is me."
McKinley went on to call Jesse Jackson Jr. "insane" because of his bipolar diagnosis.
"They said Jesse Jr. was bipolar, that's considered crazy then," McKinley said. "Is it considered sane? When was Jesse Jr. insane? Was he insane the first year he ran? Or was he insane the 16th year he was in office? My only question was the Democrats putting a man in office that is insane. How long have the people been living under a mental ill person that was a Democrat?"