Arizona Special Election for Gabrielle Giffords’ Successor

Primary elections are taking place across the United States today, as voters in Virginia, Maine, Nevada, North Dakota and South Carolina look to fill Senate and House seats. But the one drawing the most attention will be in Arizona, where the successor to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be picked to finish out her term according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Giffords, who was the victim of an attempted assassination on January 8, 2011, stepped down from her role in January 2012 to focus on her recovery.

The two candidates vying for the seat are, Democratic candidate Ron Barber, former director of Giffords’ district office and her hand-picked successor; and Republican opponent Jesse Kelly, who Giffords beat in by almost 4,000 votes in 2010 according to The Monitor.

The seat is for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, located in the southeastern part of the state and includes Tucson according to ABC News.

Both candidates have focused much of their dialogues on Social Security and Medicaid and polls indicate the race will be close according to ABC News.

Whichever candidate wins will be up again for the general election in November, but for a new district as part of the state’s redistricting. In November it will become Congressional District 2 – more favorable to Democrats according to ABC News.

Both parties have taken interest in the race as it could prove to build the momentum needed for Democrats to gain control of the House according to The Monitor.


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