Carson's grandson has advantages, hurdles to fill vacancy

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Democrat Andre Carson has the name recognition, but Republican Jon Elrod hopes voter discontent fueled by property taxes will help him take the 7th District Congressional seat in Tuesday's special election.

The two candidates are vying to fill the rest of the term of Carson's late grandmother, Julia Carson, who died in December.

Aside from name recognition, Carson also holds a big fundraising edge over Elrod. He also is a Democrat in a district that backed John Kerry with 58 percent of the vote in 2004.

But low voter turnout is expected, and Carson could be hurt by political nepotism complaints.

Elrod says he thinks people are tired of politics as usual. He says a Congressional approval rating of only 19 percent shows voters aren't happy.

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