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In an election to fill former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' congressional seat, Democratic candidate Ron Barber, right, celebrates a victory with Giffords, left, as he gives her a hug prior to speaking to supporters at a post election event in Tucson on June 12, 2012.
Michael O'Brien of msnbc.com reports — Democrat Ron Barber has won a special House election in southern Arizona to finish the term of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, The Associated Press projected.
Giffords, who was critically injured in a Jan. 2011 event in her district, resigned earlier this year.
A former aide to Giffords, Barber, who was also injured in the attack outside a supermarket that left six dead and 12 others injured, faced a challenge from Jesse Kelly, a Republican who narrowly lost to Giffords in the 2010 midterm elections.
The campaign was imbued with emotions that still linger from the attack, which forced Giffords’s retirement – despite remarkable progress toward recovery – earlier this year. Read the full story.
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Democrat Ron Barber speaks to supporters after winning the House seat previously occupied by Gabrielle Giffords.