Published On: Thu, Jun 14th, 2012

Ron Barber wins Giffords seat in Arizona

Ron Barber will the special Arizona election to take over the seat vacated by Gabrielle Giffords after the Arizona shooting last year.


The special election was held on Tuesday to determine a replacement for former Giffords, who was severely wounded and left with a brain injury as a result of the January 8 Tucson shootings.

She resigned her seat earlier this year, which would leave the people of Tucson, Oro Valley, Benson and other area of Pima and Cochise County without representation unless a new candidate was elected.

Barber, injured in the Tucson shooting, faced an Iraq war veteran Jesse Kelly (Republican).

“We say no to extreme politics,” Barber said in remarks prepared for delivery at a victory celebration in Tucson. “We say yes to working across party lines to secure a strong future for Arizona.”

As ABC and other sources confirmed the victory for Barber, the battle between Republicans and Democrats keeps bouncing back and forth after the Scott Walker victory in Wisconsin.

“After Wisconsin, if Kelly wins, the Republicans are going to say, ‘The wind is at our back and this is a harbinger of what’s going to happen in the general election,’” Brint Milward, director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona, said before the vote. “If Barber wins, the Democrats are going to say ’Wisconsin was an isolated case.’”

Giffords endorsed Barber, 66, who was injured in the Jan. 8, 2011, attack and still exhibits a dimple on his cheek from a gunshot wound. The shooting during a community meeting in Tucson left six people dead and sparked a national debate about the incivility of politics.

Barber raised more money than Kelly for most of the campaign, bringing in 37 percent more through May 23, or about $1.19 million to Kelly’s $756,173, according to the Washington- based Center for Responsive Politics.

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