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Past Congressional Scandals

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Many politicians have dropped out of races due to scandal. In some cases, their party was able to win the seat despite the controversy.

In 2002 Senator Robert Torricelli of New Jersey dropped out of the race after allegedly receiving illegal campaign contributions. After the state supreme court weighed in on the issue the democratic party was allowed to name a replacement, former Senator Frank Lautenberg, who won the election.

In 2012 Illinois house representative Jesse Jackson Jr. dropped out of the congressional race after a mysterious leave of absence and a federal investigation. He reportedly misused campaign funds.

Jackson's replacement was Donne Trotter, who resigned in the hope of not tarnishing the campaign. He a faced felony charges for a weapons arrest. Robin Kelly was nominated by the democratic party and won the 2012 election.

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