The fight for Gabrielle Giffords’ seat in the House

Jun 8, 2012

Gabrielle Giffords Attends Anniversary Vigil Marking One Year Since Shooting

Ron Barber (center), who is running in the special election for Gabrielle Giffords’ Congressional seat, exits after attending an interfaith memorial service held at St. Augustine Cathedral January 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. Credit: Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images

Ever since Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords resigned from her 8th district post in January, the fate of the seat has been hanging in the balance. But the time has come to choose a replacement, and that’s just what Arizon’s 8th District voters will do when they head to the polls on Tuesday for a special election.

The candidates are Republican Jesse Kelly and Democrat Ron Barber, friend and former district director of Giffords. Aside from the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the election, the climate of the race itself seems to be garnering some attention for its civil nature. Neither candidate seems to be slinging mud, at least directly. Political action and party committees haven’t shied from negative campaigning.


Just how entrenched are these PACs in campaigns? And what will one victory or the other mean for Arizona? For Congress?


Ron Elving, senior Washington editor, NPR

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