Former Giffords aide wins race to replace her in the House

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

Democrat Ron Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly in an emotionally charged and nationally watched special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

In what both candidates predicted would be an extremely close race, Barber finished 6 points ahead of Kelly, taking 52 percent of the vote to Kelly’s 46, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

In Pima County, home to Tucson and the grocery store where Giffords nearly lost her life, Barber led Kelly by double digits. Even in the more conservative Cochise and Pinal counties, where Kelly got the most votes, Barber performed better against Kelly than Giffords did two years ago.

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