1. ARIZONA

    Former Giffords Aide Wins Seat

    In an election to fill former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., congressional seat, Democratic candidate Ron Barber, right, celebrates a victory with Giffords, left, as he gives her a hug prior to speaking to supporters at a post election event, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.  Gabrielle Giffords' former district director, in a special election for the seat Giffords left in January to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to her head during a gunman's shooting spree a year earlier.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, pool)

    Ross D. Franklin / AP Photo

    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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