April 18, 2012


Kelly Will Face Barber for Giffords' Seat

Jesse Kelly (R) won the Republican primary and will face Ron Barber (D) in a special election to fill the remaining months of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) term in Congress, the Arizona Republic reports.

"Kelly, who lost narrowly to Giffords in 2010, had a campaign ready to go when Giffords resigned in late January to focus on recovering from a 2011 shooting outside a Tucson constituent event. The 30-year-old Kelly benefited from voters knowing his name and having a strong base of 'tea party' support built two years ago, when Republicans reclaimed a majority in the House."

"As Giffords' former district director, Barber is a formidable candidate... He is also forever linked to the 2011 tragedy, which left six dead and 13 wounded, including Barber, who survived shots to the leg and face."










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