Ex-Giffords Aide Barber Wins Special Election

Hefty victory for former staffer hurt in Tucson shooting
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2012 1:54 AM CDT
Updated Jun 13, 2012 5:00 AM CDT
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Ron Barber enter the polling place at St. Cyril's Catholic Church in Tucson yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

(Newser) – Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber has won the special election for her seat in Congress, AP reports. With 100% of precincts reporting, the Democrat has 52% of the vote to Republican Jesse Kelly's 45%, according to Politico. Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head by a gunman who killed six people and seriously injured Barber.

Barber will have to run again in November's general election, but because of redistricting, he will be in a more Democratic-leaning district than the current one, which chose Giffords over Kelly by just two percentage points in 2010, ABC notes. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement congratulating Barber. "Gabby left a legacy of strength, resolve, and independence in the House," she said. "We look forward to Ron Barber continuing in that same tradition." (Read more Gabrielle Giffords stories.)

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