Arizona Democrat Ron Barber Wins Giffords’ House Seat

Democrat Ron Barber defeated Republican Martha McSally in the race for the 2nd Congressional District in Arizona vacated by Gabrielle Giffords following the January 2010 shooting that wounded her and killed six others.

Barber was completing the remainder of Democrat Giffords’ term before winning a full term in this election, receiving 143,173 votes to McSally’s 141,771 with all precincts reporting, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office.

Giffords, 42, was shot her through the head from point- blank range at a constituent event outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, by Jared Lee Loughner, 24. Giffords, a three-term Democrat, resigned from Congress in January to focus on her recovery. Loughner on Nov. 9 was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to killing six people and attempting to assassinate the congresswoman.

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