1. ARIZONA

    Former Giffords Aide Wins Seat

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    It’s a fitting end to an inspirational saga: 66-year-old Ron Barber won the seat of his former boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Tuesday night after Giffords resigned to recover from a gunshot wound to the head. Both Barber and Giffords were victims of the January 2011 shooting that left six people dead outside an Arizona supermarket during a Giffords event with voters. Though it seems obvious he’d get the sympathy vote, Barber’s victory surprised Arizona politicians; he defeated a 30-year-old Tea Party Republican and former Marine who served in Iraq.

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