Former Giffords Aide Wins ‘Gabby’s Seat’

TUCSON, AZ- JANUARY 8:  Ron Barber (center), who was wounded in last years deadly shooting, exits after attending an interfaith memorial service held at St. Augustine Cathedral January 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. Memorial services will be held throughout the day in Tucson to commemorate the one year anniversary of a shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded more than a dozen more including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). (Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)
Ron Barber.Photo: Jonathan Gibby/2012 Getty Images

On Tuesday, Democrat Ron Barber won a special election in Arizona to finish out the last six months of Representative Gabrielle Giffords’s term. Giffords has been campaigning in the last week for her former aide, who was also injured in the 2011 Tucson shooting. Barber’s opponent, 30-year-old Marine veteran Jesse Kelly, doesn’t even have time to grow a proper Al Gore beard of defeat. Both men are expected to run for a full term in the fall, and primaries will be held in August.