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Antenori, Sitton make campaign stops on primary eve

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Antenori, Sitton make campaign stops on primary eve

  • Antenori spoke to supporters on Monday night.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comAntenori spoke to supporters on Monday night.

State Sen. Frank Antenori met with staffers and supporters Monday night at Skybox Restaurant to give his final pitch ahead of Tuesday's CD8 Republican primary.

During the gathering, he thanked those who have worked on the campaign and said that the experience of his team would lead them to victory. Although he's trailed badly in fundraising — pulling $96,000 less than his closet opponent — Antenori remained optimistic that Republican primary voters would choose him to face off against Democrat Ron Barber.

After the friendly introduction, Antenori's tone shifted to a more combative style that those following the race are familiar with. He told the crowd that Republicans need to put forward a candidate who offers a real contrast to Barber and said that his opponents are not up to that task.

Antenori spoke of how he intends to go to Washington and make a point of the fact that he voted for the controversial anti-immigration bill SB 1070.

"I look forward to being the fly in their ointment," he said.

While Antenori spoke to supporters inside of the East River Road restaurant, the Pima County Young Republicans gathered on the patio to meet with Dave Sitton, who's also seeking the GOP nomination to replace Gabrielle Giffords in a special election. Sitton seemed relaxed and spoke to the more youthful audience outside with less fire than his opponent inside.

Earlier Monday, Sitton's campaign alleged that some of his campaign signs have been stolen.

"The willful removal of our campaign signs just before the election goes to show that there are people in our community who will violate all the rules of decency and fairness in their attempts to win," campaign manager Julie Katsel said in a press release.

The campaign filed a report with Tucson police, spokeswoman Jennifer Humphries said.

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