Arizona's 8th Congressional District special election, 2012

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The 8th Congressional District of Arizona held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on June 12, 2012. The election was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D). The primary election was held on April 17, 2012, and the general election was held on June 12, 2012.[1]

This is the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


June 12, 2012 general election candidates

Democratic Party Ron Barber Approveda
Republican Party Jesse Kelly[2]
Green Party Charlie Manolakis

April 17, 2012 primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Matt Heinz initially declared but he withdrew and endorsed Barber once the former Giffords aide entered the race.[4]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party Primary

Race background

This election was held to replace Gabrielle Giffords who resigned in early January. Ron Barber (D), a former aide to Representative Giffords, defeated Jesse Kelly (R), who unsuccessfully challenged Giffords for her seat in 2010 and narrowly lost by 1.5%.[7] Charlie Manolakis also ran as a Green Party candidate.


Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Jesse Kelly clashed during their first debate, while Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis stayed out of their way for the most part. The debate was taped and aired on May 16, 2012.[8]

Kelly said he hoped Barber had told his last lie of the campaign when during the debate Barber brought up Kelly calling oil a “renewable resource.” Kelly made the comment during a speech earlier in the year when talking about the large U.S. oil reserves and claimed that it was a joke. "A man of your stature just lied. How embarrassing," Kelly said.[8]

Barber responded by saying that Kelly was "making things up" and "misinforming" voters, referring to a radio interview where Kelly denied comments he had made about his desire to eliminate the minimum wage. “You need to tell the truth. Then we’re going to have a more civil campaign,” said Barber.[8]

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