Skip to comments.Race for Gabby Giffords’ Old Seat Shapes Up for Hard Fight
Posted on 06/10/2012 9:50:53 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
The race, which has been under way since April, is between Republican nominee Jesse Kelly, a former Marine who ran against Giffords in 2010, and Ron Barber, Giffords former district director. Barber himself was injured in the shooting outside the Safeway grocery store on Jan. 8, 2011. He was shot in the leg and the cheek.
Giffords has not been very present in Barbers campaign. She was featured on a mailer paid for by the Democratic Party of Arizona, and she will be campaigning for the candidate this weekend. However, regardless of Giffords level of involvement, the race was never going to be in the bag for Democrats.
Its a district thats pretty much split right down the middle, and one of the reasons that Gabby Giffords was able to get elected and re-elected was that she was a more conservative Democrat, said Brinton Milward, director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, who also directs the University of Arizonas School of Government and Public Policy.
The 8th district, currently located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes part of Tuscan, leans Republican. It has gone red in the past three presidential elections. Giffords narrowly won her re-election in 2010 against Kelly, 30, ultimately defeating him by a margin of about 2 percentage points.
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Anywhere near Tambstone?
In spite of the high stakes, the race has mostly been a polite one. Ron Barber has a large fundraising advantage, partly offset by Jesse Kelly’s greater name I.D. Gabrielle Giffords has a lot to do with that, because Kelly doesn’t want to be seen as bashing her while Barber doesn’t want to be seen as exploiting her.
Forget it. They’re on a roll. I didn’t know anybody in the race has been to Italy either.
I think I'm feeling incited here.
Why is ABC NOOZ spreading incitement to violence?
You wouldn’t know it from the article, but the election is this Tuesday.
That’s not a roll, that’s ciabatta.
Jim Kolbe held the seat for a long time. While he was far from conservative, he did put an R behind his name.
I believe its reasonable to assume, absent all other information, that when an alphabet network says that a race will be “hard fought”, then a prima facie case can be made that the GOP is at least somewhat likely to win the seat.
That’s why those “bipartisan” commissions set up under the guise of not gerrymandering are a joke if they contain anything other than an even number of Republicans and Democrats and NO ONE else. Adding on the “independent” is the Democrats way of getting another liberal on the commission without them being registered as a Democrat in order to get control of it. Obviously very partisan if they put two incumbents against each other like that.
And **equal* number of people per district with perimeters of **equal** dimensions regardless of where the lines fall.
SIMPLE!!!! I could do on my little on I Mac!
The type of fraud that goes on with redistricting makes me sick. I hear the phrase, “Bipartisan Commission”, and I want to throw up.
The fact that my beloved Navy named a ship after Giffords makes me want to puke. We name ships after great battles. We name ships after naval heroes. Gabby Giffords wouldn’t be fit to shine the shoes of Admiral Nimitz, yet both have ships that bear their name. Disgusting political correctness at its worst. Does everyone who has the misfortune of getting shot deserve to have a United States warship named after them?
the tea party and conservatives have been laying the ground work for one of our own in this district for years. that’s a big reason that giffords doesn’t have the stomach for it. jesse dismantled and weakened her last time around, and he started from zero to do it. if he gets enough support, he can win. as always, the dems reserve their big opposition for us conservatives and jesse is the real deal.
this is big. i sense another win coming if we can get out the conservative vote.
to help go to votejessekelly.com
Hard fight is code for our dim might lose.
Jesse Kelly vs. Col. Sander’s look alike and who thinks, talks and has a backbone like Col. Klink.
I and my wife have already voted for Kelly.
You think Johnson would run yet again in 2014?? I suppose the Dems will beg him too since if he retires this means a possible GOP pickup. If he does run then I hope they don’t let him win uncontested again.
WAS she shot?
THIS is the 9mm hydrostatic shock that supposedly happened to her brains and skull, when it's repeated in ballistic gelatin:
Remember, she's a gun-grabbing Democrat, friends from way back with Hillary. And now, only a year later from experiencing what reliably turns every other human being's brains into a red jello mess, she's stumping for a candidate?
Why, it's literally a miracle!
Yeah, sure it is.
:: spit ::
You think she is faking it??
Is Tim Johnson expected to run for reelection again in 2014? I’ve read that Mike Rounds or Krist Noem may run that year, regardless of Johnson’s condition.
I live in north Chandler, which is SE of Tempe. My district includes Tempe, Most of central Phoenix barrios and Sunnyslope, which is in north Phoenix (Dunlap)! I won’t see a GOP Rep for a decade.
What ads have you been watching?
Some liberal acquaintances I follow on Twitter were losing their minds because they saw a Kelly ad where he was carrying an M16 (or maybe M4, I don’t know) and called himself “a warrior.” They were hyperventilating because it HAD A GUN IN IT and was in SUCH bad taste after the Giffords shooting and OH MY GOD HOW COULD HE DO THAT HE’S SUCH AN AWFUL PERSON I HOPE HE DIES!!!1!11!!
Liberals. It’s so easy to make their widdle heads explode.
From what I have seen and read, Giffords is in much worse shape than Johnson. Her appearances have been very carefully scripted and orchestrated. I think she has serious difficulties intellectually and physically. The Dems kept up this charade for a long time even suggesting that she might run for senator to fill Kyl's seat when he retires this year.
IMO Johnson should retire but the Dems don't want to lose the seat.
I saw Giffords on tv today, climbing up on stage for a campaign appearance. It looked like she was very dazed and confused and her husband was physically directing her where to walk by guiding her arm.
You are right, redistricting sucked.
But you overstate it. This district now renumbered the 2nd went from 52% McCain in 2008 to 50%, only slightly worse. Also keep in mind that special election is for the old 8th district seat. Kelly would be helped by incumbency for the November election if he wins the special.
The new 9th went 51-47 for Obama. They have an edge but that’s not a seat we can’t win.
The first district which was abandoned by it’s freshman GOP incumbent for a safe seat went from 54% McCain to 51%. The race will probably be between former State Sen Jonathan Paton and Former Rat Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.
I would rate the November elections for the new first and second district races as tossups and the ninth district as lean D.
hope I'm wrong....because I'm financially invested in Kelly....