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Ron Barber wins CD8 special election to replace Gabby Giffords

Candidates had same opponent: Jesse Kelly '10

Democrat Ron Barber won the special election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District on Tuesday night, handily beating Republican Jesse Kelly, who conceded the race that picked a successor to Gabrielle Giffords. With 100 percent of precincts counted, Barber edged out Kelly by seven percent: 101,559 to 88,569.

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Jun 12, 2012, 1:39 pm
-7 +3

For some reason, I am inspired to watch the movie Brewster’s Millions once I return home from the polling place tonight.

Jun 12, 2012, 8:45 pm
-9 +5

Well, now I know how to win an election around here. Lie lie lie lie lie.

When it Tucson finally going to have an election day when it doesn’t embarrass itself?

Jun 12, 2012, 8:55 pm
-8 +5

Barber’s campaign barely mentioned, much less emphasized, the Jan. 8 shooting, but that incident overshadowed the entire special election.

How could he? He based his entire campaign on Jesse Kelly, so much so that Barber had no time left to talk about himself, other than tell us his name.

Jun 13, 2012, 12:25 pm
-2 +4

Today is a very sad day. How long do I have to live in Tucson before I see a race where the better candidate actually wins an election?

“Mr. Civility” ran a most uncivil campaign. How can even his most staunch supporters deny this? Seriously, how? I would love scar or somebody to come on here and explain to me how Barber’s campaign was even close to civil…

Jun 13, 2012, 6:57 pm
-2 +1

Look, baggers, Jelly was an ignorant douche! The better man won and Jelly has ZERO chance of winning again…damaged goods.

Special thanks however to Martha McSally for having her supporters back Mr. Barber, very nice of her.

Jun 13, 2012, 7:35 pm
-0 +3

Only one thing went right during this whole thing, and that’s the Sentinel. Major props to the Sentinel for having the journalistic integrity to not endorse a candidate in this race.

Jun 14, 2012, 7:50 am
-1 +1

It’s been two days now, and I’m still reading and hearing about how Kelly was “soundly” defeated…from both sides. Even Jon Justice referred to it as a “schlaking” or however you spell it…

Barber (wrongly) got 52% of the votes. Kelly got 45%.

If you’re watching a football or a baseball game, and the winner got 52% of the total points scored, or the loser got 45% of the total points scored…that is hardly a blowout…that is a very competitive game.

In football terms, I would think of this as winning by about one touchdown…hardly an ass whoopin’.

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