The AZ Secretary of State has just released the latest election returns from today’s special election for CD 8 U.S. House, to replace injured Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who resigned on January 25, 2012. Elections returns are from four counties: Cochise, Pinal, Pima, and Santa Cruz.
Ron Barber has won this race with 50.18% of the 414,494 registered voters being reported so far. Jesse Kelly reportedly conceded about 9:30 p.m.
For updates on the SOS website go to http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/AZ/37946/85735/en/summary.html. Website says that 100 % of the precincts have reported, but that does not likely include the provisional ballots cast on election day.
Democrat Ron Barber, Giffords’ District Director of her Tucson office (5 years) ran for this seat with Giffords’ endorsement, against Republican Jesse Kelly who lost to Giffords for this seat in Nov. 2010, by 4156 votes.
Kelly won the Republican special primary for this race on April 17, 2012 over 3 others — LD 30 State Senator Frank Antenori (who had previously run unsuccessfully for this seat in 2006), and political newcomers Martha McSally and Dave Sitton. Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis also ran.
Ron Barber (D) 108,260 52.08%
Jesse Kelly (R) 94,209 45.32%
Charlie Manolakis (G) 4751 2,29%
The winner of today’s special election will be sworn in to the U.S. Congress shortly and will serve the unexpired term through early January, 2013. CD 8 will no longer exist in the next Congress, with newly reapportioned CD 2 replacing most of it. The primary for new CD 2 is on August 28 and these are the candidates officially seeking that position to date (subject to change after today’s results):
Ron Barber, newly elected Congressman in special CD 8 House race
Dr. Matt Heinz, LD 28 State House Rep. (2 terms)
Jesse Kelly, has ran twice for CD 8 House, & lost in Nov. 2010 and June 2012; withdrawn from this race on 6/14/12
Mark Koskiniemi, a political newcomer
Martha McSally, lost to Kelly in the April 17, 2012 special primary for CD 8 (came in 2nd in the four way race)
Congratulations to Ron Barber for his victory tonight.
Stay tuned for final unofficial results once all precincts have reported, including provisional ballots.