*Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. says he’s humbled and moved by the support voters have shown through his illness. The Chicago Democrat easily won re-election to a ninth full term Tuesday.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Jackson expresses “deep and sincere” thanks. He says once doctors approve his return to work he’ll continue to be a “progressive fighter.”

The son of the civil rights leader was widely expected to win even though he hasn’t appeared publicly in months. He was first elected to Congress in 1995.

Jackson went on medical leave in June and has released few details about his treatment for bipolar disorder. He says he continues to feel better every day.

The election comes amid a House Ethics Committee investigation into links to imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.