Tags: Dave Sitton

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

Republicans Start Lining Up for Giffords’ Seat


I am told that Jesse Kelly, who lost to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by 1.5 percentage points in 2010, will run in the special election for her seat.

Other names being mentioned in Arizona are Frank Antenori, state senator and retired Green Beret, sportscaster Dave Sitton, retired Air Force officer Benny White, and former 2010 candidate from a neighboring district Ruth McClung.

Tags: Benny White , Dave Sitton , Frank Antenori , Gabrielle Giffords , Jesse Kelly , Ruth McClung

Which Republicans Will Run for Giffords’ Seat?


One of my Arizona guys writes in:

I thought I would give you a little insight into what will happen with the Giffords resignation.

First, it’s a bit of a stroke of good luck for the GOP. The Democrats have not taken a lot of action because they were waiting for Giffords to make a move. Since the district is currently marginally Republican, the GOP has a slight edge, depending on the candidates. That gives us a head start on the special election (in about 5 months) and the general (which will be in a slightly more Democratic district).

Who will be running as a Republican? First will be Frank Antenori, state senator and retired Green Beret. Strong conservative. I think he has the edge since he has had an exploratory committee already going. Also will have a good campaign team and grassroots.

Dave Sitton, sportscaster for the U of A.

Benny White has expressed interest in the position today. He is a retired Air Force officer and has collected a lot of chits by helping Republicans during the years and probably has an inside edge with establishment GOP money people.

Ruth McClung. I’ve heard talk that she might try to run in this district. She ran against Grijalva in 2010, but she is within walking distance of the congressional border. She might try to take the plunge again.

As mentioned in today’s Three Martini Lunch, the decision by Rep. Giffords to focus on her recovery is probably best for her and for the district. After experiencing such horror and demonstrating such determination during her long recovery, Giffords became a figure of unparalleled sympathy. For this reason, opponents in both parties gingerly tiptoed around discussions of this year’s congressional race, and some Arizona Democrats eagerly hoped she would run for the open U.S. Senate seat. But leaders are not supposed to be selected purely on sympathy.

Tags: Benny White , Dave Sitton , Frank Antenori , Gabrielle Giffords , Ruth McClung

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