1. ARIZONA

    Election for Giffords's Seat Set

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24:  U.S. President Barack Obama embraces U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) as members of Congress applaud before his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. The president made a populist pitch to voters for economic fairness, saying the federal government should more do to balance the benefits of a capitalist society.  (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer set June 12 as the special election to replace Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, who was shot in the head at a constituent meet-and-greet last January, announced this week that she was stepping down from her post to concentrate on her recovery. Arizona will hold a primary for prospective Republican and Democratic candidates on Apr. 17. A handful of Democrats are considering running for the House seat, which includes parts of Tucson. One Republican has already announced a formal campaign, while two have formed exploratory committees.

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