4 GOP candidates trying to grab Giffords AZ seat

4 GOP candidates trying to grab Giffords AZ seat

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This video image provided by House Television shows Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Giffords resigned from the House on Wednesday amid tears, tributes and standing ovations, more than a year after she was gravely wounded by a would-be assassin. (AP Photo/House Television)

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Posted on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 15 at 12:06 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Republicans in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District go to the polls Tuesday to choose who will face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman.

The four GOP candidates are battling in a snap election called after the Democrat resigned in January. She tapped Barber as her preferred replacement, and he has drawn strong financial support and no challengers in his party's primary.

That leaves the GOP foursome to duke it out in the special primary election.

The four include 2010 Giffords opponent Jesse Kelly, a businessman and tea party favorite, state Sen. Frank Antenori, retired U.S. Air Force pilot and political newcomer Martha McSally, and businessman and broadcaster Dave Sitton.

Polling is scarce, but Kelly's name recognition may give him an advantage.
 

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