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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

One Special House Election in the Near Future...


A week from Tuesday, voters in Arizona’s eight congressional district – the one formerly represented by Gabrielle Giffords – will go to the polls for a primary election.

There is only one Democrat candidate running, Ron Barber, Giffords’ former district director. But there are four Republicans competing for the nomination for the special election held June 12. The GOP contenders are state Sen. Frank Antenori; Jesse Kelly, a veteran who narrowly lost to Giffords in the 2010 congressional elections; Martha E. McSally, a veteran who was the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, and University of Arizona broadcaster Dave Sitton.

Early voting is already underway: “Through Friday afternoon, about 73,350 early ballots had been returned. Voters have until April 17 to get them back to their county elections office.”

Under its current lines, Arizona’s eighth congressional district scores R+4 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index.

Tags: Dave Sitton , Frank Antenori , Gabrielle Giffords , Jesse Kelly , Martha McSally


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