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Sandi Jackson: The Illinois X-Factor

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December 11, 2012

On Monday, Chicago Alderwoman Sandi Jackson -- the wife of former Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. -- declined to rule out a run in the special election for her husband's seat. "Never say never," Jackson said to the website DNAinfo.com when asked about a run. "One never knows what the future may hold."

Her chief of staff, Keiana Barrett, then seemed to downplay Jackson's remarks, her first on the race. Barrett told the Chicago Sun-Times that Jackson gave the answer "because politicians are trained to always keep their options open." When then asked if that meant Jackson is definitively not running, Barrett answered, "Correct."

She added that Jackson would be attending the Cook County Democrats' slating meeting Saturday to endorse a candidate for the seat, but only as a voting member -- "she's not going for the purpose of running for congressional seat," said Barrett.

Still, Jackson could decide to get in after the slating meeting, and she could potentially be a game-changing candidate in the field.

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