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Off to the races: Illinois -- state of conviction

ILLINOIS: Political Wire: “Republican voters picked ex-convict Paul McKinley (R) as their nominee to run for the seat recently ceded by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, the Chicago Tribune reports. McKinley, a convicted felon who served nearly 20 years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery, declared victory, beat businessman Eric Wallace (R) by 23 votes.”

MASSACHUSETTS: Republican Gabriel Gomez officially launched his Senate bid.

NEW JERSEY: Seriously, Cory Booker helped a guy from New York with a marriage proposal. The man contacted him on Twitter. Booker replied: "I am a romantic. Sounds fun."

NEW YORK: “Mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn came under fire Thursday night as fellow candidates criticized her refusal to allow the City Council to vote on a bill to require paid sick days for workers,” the New York Daily News writes.