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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Republican Martha McSally wins last House race of 2014

Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally

Welcome to Congress!

  • While I welcome Colonel McSally to Congress I have to wonder if she plans to sell out the Americans people like the GOP leadership is already doing?

Republican Martha McSally has prevailed in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber following a recount after initial vote totals showed McSally ahead by fewer than 200 votes.

Results unveiled Wednesday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper — more than six weeks after the Nov. 4 election — showed McSally ahead by 167 votes. McSally, a retired Air Force officer and the first female to fly in combat, previously led the vote count by 161 votes, but a mandatory recount followed because the margin was not wide enough.

“There’s no getting around that this was an incredibly close and hard-fought race,” McSally said in a statement after officially being declared the winner. “After what’s been a long campaign season, it’s time to come together and heal our community. That’s why my focus will be on what unites us, not what divides us, such as providing better economic opportunity for our families and ensuring our country and community are kept safe.”

2nd Congressional District of Arizona

McSally’s win adds to the GOP’s historic 2014 gains in the House. When the new Congress convenes in January, Republicans will control 247 House seats, compared to 188 for Democrats.

Barber was first elected to Congress in 2012 after Giffords resigned to focus on her recovery.

Giffords’ gun-control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, spent more than $2 million on Barber’s behalf, including a 60-second TV ad in October that featured Giffords, who still has trouble with her speech. “Ron Barber is independent, he’s courageous, and most of all he’s Arizona through and through,” she said in the ad.

The National Rifle Association used McSally’s win Wednesday to argue that midterm voters had rejected gun-control groups’ agenda nationwide in 2014.

“Martha stood on principle and supported our constitutional freedoms, despite being relentlessly attacked by the gun control movement,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund, in a statement. “Michael Bloomberg and national anti-gun groups were dealt a significant blow by Second Amendment supporters across the country on election day. A clear takeaway from these elections is that voters do not support Michael Bloomberg’s extreme anti-gun agenda.”

McSally lost to Barber in 2012 by roughly 2,500 votes and was touted by Republicans as a top recruit early in the 2014 cycle.

Read more: Politico.com


Arizona's 2nd congressional district election, 2014
RepublicanMartha McSally109,70449.81%+0.24%
DemocraticRon Barber (incumbent)109,54349.73%-0.68%
Republican gain from Democratic


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