AP: Barber wins Giffords' seat

AP: Barber wins Giffords' seat

CREATED Jun 12, 2012

Reporter: Kevin Keen

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Former Gabrielle Giffords district director Ron Barber won the House seat she gave up after being shot, the AP projected Tuesday night.

The Democrat will finish his former boss’ six-month term in Congress, representing Southern Arizona congressional district 8.

“We say yes to common ground and common sense and common decency,” Barber, in Tucson, told a crowd of supporters. “We do all this because Arizona is uncommonly special. It’s our home. I am eager to fight for everyone of us here in this community: those who voted for me and those who didn’t.”

After the results were clear, Republican contender Jesse Kelly took to the podium at his campaign party. Kelly said he had called Barber to concede.

The businessman thanked God, his wife, family and supporters. He kept his remarks very brief before heading directly home.

“I'm obviously not going to go on and on,” Kelly said. “Looks like we're done in this one. I just, from the bottom of heart--please believe me when I tell you thank you so much. You have no idea how much you have blessed me and how much you have blessed my family.”

Reporters asked Kelly what was next in his future. He answered: "Only God knows." The Republican also said he'd announce in the coming days if he'll enter the primary for congressional district 2, which will be formed in the fall.

Charlie Manolakis ran as the Green Party candidate in the race. He was not available for an interview.