Kelly wins GOP primary in Ariz. 8th Cong. Dist.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Jesse Kelly won the GOP primary race in the 8th Congressional District.

Kelly came out ahead of former state Sen. Jonathan Paton and two other Republicans in the race to take on incumbent Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Nov. 2 general election.

Kelly had nearly 50 percent of the vote to Paton's 40 percent late Tuesday.

Kelly is a Marine veteran who is now a project manager with a construction company in Tucson.

Voters in the moderately Republican district gave Giffords the nod over a conservative Republican four years ago. The district extends from the suburbs northwest of Tucson to the Mexican border and east of Nogales to the New Mexico state line.

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