By SARA BURNETT
After months of drama surrounding Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress, the race to replace the congressman with the prominent name has pivoted to a different high-profile topic: guns.
Only a short time ago, most of the attention in Illinois' 2nd District was focused on Jackson himself, specifically his mysterious leave of absence and a federal investigation, reportedly into misuse of campaign funds.
But December's school shooting in Connecticut brought renewed attention to Chicago's own gun violence and refocused 1 of the nation's first major elections since the Newtown massacre.
The race involves more than a dozen candidates - all with similar backgrounds and none more than marginally known. So guns could be the deciding issue. And the results could offer a sign of what's to come in post-Newtown politics.