McSally secures GOP nomination; rematch set against Rep. Barber in November

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McSally secures GOP nomination; rematch set against Rep. Barber in November

By Justin Schecker, Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Aug 26, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The rematch between Congressman Ron Barber (D) and retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) is set for the November general election.

McSally secured the Republican party's nomination for Congressional District 2 Tuesday night, defeating Chuck Wooten and Shelley Kais with about 70 percent of the vote.  

Even before the results rolled in, political pundits have predicted the race between Barber and McSally to be one of, if not, the closest in the country. 
Two years ago, Barber narrowly defeated McSally by less than one percent of the vote.  
"With 70 days to go, what's different this time?" 9 On Your Side asked McSally moments after she gave her victory speech to a packed campaign headquarters in midtown. 
"What's different is we've had more time," McSally said. "I was a brand new political candidate and we only had 147 days before the election and we came within .84 percent of the vote. People are more frustrated now, they're ready for a change, for a fresh face, independent minded servant leader, and that's what we're bringing to the voters." 
Before her poltical aspirations, McSally had a decorated career in the Air Force. She became the first female to fly in combat before later commanding an A-10 squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
In November 2012, District Two was one of nine nationwide to elect a democrat for Congress, but prefer Mitt Romney in the presidential election. 
As McSally and Barber move on to face off in November, McSally's republican opponents are moving forward after their loss in the primaries. 
Both Shelley Kais and Chuck Wooten say they had to put their businesses on hold for this race. 
First and foremost, both candidates say it's time to get back to work. 
"I have a business that I've been running and not paying as much attention as I need to," said Kais. "So moving forward, I will be running my business and supporting the republicans who are moving forward." 
While Wooten plans to do the same, he also said he may let his wife talk him into a short vacation. 
"Getting back into my business is obviously something that I need to do," he said. "Again it's a company that I started and I'm very proud of and quite honestly, my customers miss me. So if we're going to do it, it will be sooner than later." 

Wooten received 24 percent of the votes, while Kais received 8 percent. 

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