Former aide to Gabrielle Giffords wins her former seat

PHOENIX - Democrat Ron Barber has won a special House election in southern Arizona to finish the term of a congresswoman wounded in a mass shooting

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a Tucson shopping center.

Barber, a Giffords' aide, defeated Republican Jesse Kelly, a former Marine who narrowly lost a House race to Giffords in 2010.

The 66-year-old Barber was seriously injured in the same rampage in which Giffords was shot. Six others were killed.

Holding onto the seat has been a priority for Democrats as they seek to regain control of the House of Representatives in November.

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